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AAP looks to make a dent in Guwahati Municipal Corporation Elections

The upcoming elections to the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) is hotting up as never before. The ruling BJP has exuded confidence, as usual, the much battered Congress is getting ready

The upcoming elections to the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) is hotting up as never before.

The ruling BJP has exuded confidence, as usual, the much battered Congress is getting ready to face yet another election and the newest player on the block, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is flexing its muscles and hopes to give the BJP a fight in Assam’s capital.

After winning in the just concluded Punjab Legislative Assembly polls, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) appears to have turned its attention to Assam.

And since most major elections are already over in Assam, the AAP has decided to test the waters by putting up candidates for the upcoming GMC elections.

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The AAP is contesting as many as 40 out of the 60 wards in Guwahati.

And in this contest, the AAP appears to be rather confident and even ambitious.

Talking to Northeast Live,  AAP leader Mahesh Joshi said that they are taking all the necessary issues before the people to provide them with a better administration for Guwahati.

Joshi further said that their recent victory in Punjab shows how people have chosen them for their work, and hence now the AAP is looking to make its mark in the Northeast as well.

Joshi further said that the Aam Aadmi Party is looking to be a viable option for the people in place of BJP.

He said that earlier their presence was zero in the state, but the recent civic body polls, the party managed to win two seats in Lakhimpur and Tinsukia. And now the AAP is looking to make a dent in the GMC elections as well.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader further said that they are viewing the BJP as their main opponent in the GMC elections.

Joshi termed the Congress as an almost non-existent party and even exuded confidence that the AAP will one day emerge as a major force in the national front.

Joshi further informed Northeast Live that they are looking to bring in party heavyweights to campaign in the GMC elections. These may include party supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia.

Also Read: Assam Congress Chief accuses AIUDF of betraying Mahajot

Meanwhile, the BJP is gearing up for the GMC elections too, but it does not seem to be bothered about the AAP as a viable opponent.

BJP leader and newly elected Rajya Sabha MP Pabitra Margherita said that the AAP has no presence in Guwahati and called them as aliens in Assam.

Margherita said that people of Guwahati have the political maturity to not vote for a party that is alien to them.

Meanwhile, after having suffered defeats one after the other in various elections including the recent Rajya Sabha polls, the Congress is gearing up to contest the upcoming GMC elections.

On this, CLP leader Debabrata Saikia said that it is their duty to contest the elections as a political party to offer an alternative to the people in place of the BJP.


First Published: 3rd April, 2022 17:29 IST



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