In absence of its tallest leader, former Assam chief minister late Tarun Gogoi, the Congress party is facing a big challenge to fight BJP in the assembly polls in Assam which will be held in three phases starting from March 27.
Ahead of the assembly polls in the state, Congress has stitched a grand alliance with Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and four other political parties including three left parties and the grand alliance has set ‘Mission 101’ target by aiming to oust BJP from power.
While BJP has started its aggressive poll campaign in the state and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state’s Finance minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma are leading the party’s campaign, Congress is yet to find its chief ministerial candidate face.
Late Tarun Gogoi had a pan-Assam identity and no other leader in the Congress party seems fit to fill it up.
But, the Congress party is trying to counter the ruling BJP by starting ‘Assam Bachao’ (Save Assam) campaign across the state and Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi, who is the son of late Tarun Gogoi and also the chairman of Congress party’s election manifesto committee, Lok Sabha MP Pradyut Bordoloi, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora are leading this campaign.
The Congress party has taken the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as a core poll issue.
However, Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said he is not interested in becoming chief minister.
“I am not interested in becoming the chief minister and it is not my personal ambition. I want to solve the unemployment problem. I want the fear of young women walking on the streets of Guwahati safely without being harassed to disappear. I want the rural artisans who have been burdened under the Covid-19 lockdown and their problems to be addressed. My future is not important. The future of the people living in poverty and the members of the self-help groups who are burdened in debt, that is important to me,” Gaurav Gogoi said.