Why Assam Politics a One Way Traffic?

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  1. SHURIDH

    SHURIDH Senior Member Senior Member

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    Politics is all about power and election is a mere number game. Here, the end justifies the means and only winners are true. Victoryis the single parameter with which the entire system of polity is judged. Losers may have a number of excuses but in the ultimate analysis, excuses are never taken for granted. So an election is seen from the single criteria of loss and gain. The terms like swing, increase of vote–share and winning some votes in the unfamiliar territory may be issues of debate and discussion. But losers know that these are mere consolations as this will not change the course.
    The result of the Assam PanchayatElection 2013 once again proved the dominance of the Congress party in the electoral politics of the state. For more than a decade now; it has been the Congress and Congress all through. After the stunning performance in the last Assembly election, election forrural Assam proved to be a good harvest for the ruling party. This isnot surprising. This happens in politics. But the question is that the Congress seems be scoring victory without any opposition; the game ultimately ends throughpenalty shoot–out despite the vigorous campaign during the stipulated time of election campaign. The Oppositions’ fight continues until the EVMs and Ballot Boxes are opened. As the counting begins; it shows people of Assam rejecting the oppositions. This is an open secret today.
    Yes, after the verdict of the Panchayat election 2013, the Congress can really afford to say that the party represents today’s Assam. Its presence is really all–pervasive. The Congress under the leadership of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi seems too strong forthe entire opposition. One must not forget the fact that the Congress not only had to fight theopposition but the dissident Congress cadres who contested as independent candidates too. Inspite of this election being held on the backdrop of the BTAD violence, the Congress managed to win the confidence of the minorities to a substantial level. The party fought against undeclared united opposition of AGP, BJP and AIUDF. Still the party won in most of the areas. The marginal rise of the AIUDF and theBJP in some limited areas could virtually make no impact. If the AIUDF and the BJP think that their job is done by capturing two–three Zilla Parishads and some block and village Panchayats; they are living in a fool‘s paradise. This will certainly encourage the Congress, if the opposition overrates their meagre success. The Arithmetic that emerged after the election placed the Congress in such a dominating position that the party can really ignore this and it is doing so.
    The Congress leadership has reallydisplayed wisdom by proving their presence among the minorities at a time the term minority in Assam has become a debatable issue. This was a clear message for the AIUDF that the party should not suffer from the phobia that it has attained, representing the status of the minorities of Assam. The reality is that the AIUDF has still very limitedpresence among the minorities. Election results in the Barrack Valley, Nogaon, Marigaon and even Barpeta and Dhubri do not show that the AIUDF has the all–pervasive presence. The Congress is still there with considerable strength. This has exposed the hollowness of the AIUDF’s claims.
    Assam has proved to be just not fit for the BJP’s hunting ground. After almost three decades the BJP leadership seems satisfied calling the party is emerging but has failed to extend its presence. While there is no doubt that the BJP performed relatively better in Dibrugarh and Tinisukia, it failed to keep intact the vote–bank of Barak Valley and other areas. The reality is that the BJP’s presence istoo confined to be a decisive factor in Assam politics. The party is old enough in Assam, but its leadership does not think rationally as to why the people of Assam are rejecting them over and over again. The BJP is a party without a policy in Assam. So long, the party comes with a policy related to the day to day needs of the people, the party willremain just marginally present in Assam politics. Truly the BJP cannot be relevant in Assam in the present form. But is the state BJP leadership listening?
    The real strength of the Congress today certainly is that the party has emerged as the new avatar Assamese nationalism. This election clearly displayed that the present Assamese society is fragmented over the issues of ethnicity and sub–nationalism. This has made the AGP irrelevant. The regional party that captured power blowing the tune of Assamese nationalism has even lost the status of being the Principle opposition in the Assam Assembly. The AGP is an exhausted political party today. The reason being; the Congress has tactically hijacked the AGP’s agenda. The Congress has won the confidence of those who oncebelieved in the rhetoric of AGP.
     
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    The indigenous voters can no longer be influenced by the so–called regional sentiment, as the Congress is capable of providing the representation of this section. Demoralized, the AGP cannot accept defeat and blames EVM tampering and rigging for itsdefeat. But the party never looks at its organizational weakness. It will not be wrong to say that at present the AGP is organizationally the weakest party. But it is yet to come out of the 1985 mindset. The stage of state politics has gone through some unprecedented changes. One obvious change is in the concept of regionalism. At presentno regional political organization represents Assam as a whole, as was the case in the 80s when the AGP came to power with a big bang.
    The relationship between the AGPand the AASU always seems to head in recent years for choppy waters with ex–Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta gaining the favour of the AGP. The AASU has always maintained that it does not want Mahanta back into the folds of the AGP. The AASU stillwants the AGP minus Mahanta in the fray. Structural and organizational weaknesses of the AGP have encouraged the Congress, whose strategy during the last few years has been to unveil the unholy nexus between the AGP–BJP and the AUDF. This went against the regional party inAssam.
    Truly, the opposition in Assam hasfailed to use their intellect creatively, critically and constructively that has done the real damage. This has made politics in Assam a one–way traffic. That is why it is the Congress and Congress all together in the absence of a working opposition. Truly politics in Assam has lost the dynamic character in recent years. At present the state has no functioning opposition. This is not at all a good sign for the future prospect of democracy. Butwill the opposition look into its organization and judge its present policies through the perspective of acceptability? Will itreview its present policies? Things are not at all encouraging from the Opposition’s quarter. In Assam there is a government without an opposition. But for this the oppositions should blamethemselves rather blaming the electoral process. They need to find out the reason why people are rejecting them repeatedly. It istime is to make the opposition functional by raising the issues of mass–concern. Only the role of constructive opposition that has been assigned to them can make them acceptable. Only this can change the course of Assam politics that seems ‘one way traffic’.
    Shibdas Bhattacharjee
    (The writer is a freelancer based in Halakura, Dhubri)

    The Sentinel
     
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    Congress is voted back to power again and again for the main reason that they encourage illegal immigration from Bangladesh and illegals from Bangladesh already form 31% of population. Not there were original Assamese Muslims as well since 16th century in the state bu major part of minority population in Assam is BD illegals.

    As long as the people of Assam do not take a strong and united stand against this very serious issue, they will be soon reduced to minority in their own homeland. Tribals and non-tribal Assamese must unite to save their language, culture and land.
     
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    According to assam accord who enter assam after 25th march 1971 is an illegal migrant.

    For your kind information the bengali muslim who enter assam from 1901 to 24th march 1971 is an legal indian citizen.
    east bengal ancestry bengali muslim don't mean illegal migrant if they come before 25th march 1971.
    get some legal knowledge.


    Present chief justice altamas kabir is an east bengal ancestry bengali muslim.

    ex speaker of wb assembly hasim abdul halim was also an east bengal ancestry bengali muslim.

    So who were they mr.parjikanta.

    do you want to deny their citizenship.
    in 1971 muslims were 24.56% of assam population.

    20% among them bengali muslim 4.5% among them assamese.
    they were all indian citizen.

    Look at that result congress won dibrugah,jorhat,lakhimpur where ahom people are 90%.

    congress won because they get ahom people vote.

    There has illegal migrant .
    But at the same time you can't deny the existance of indian bengali muslim in assam.
    even if you try to do than remember census data is there to prove people like you are demographic illiterate.
     
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    Assam is going the tripura way, whereby locals have become the minority and bengali being the majority. It looks like, as in tripura this thing can not be stopped. We can only hope that bengali muslims do not fall for wahabbi crap and destroy not just north east, but entire nation.
     
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    Aiudf should be wipe out to remove wahabi influence.
    congress ignorance is responsible for aiudf rise.
    i don't understand why as a secular party congress helped jamat ulema e hind the hardline deboandi.
    By getting congress support jamat ulema e hind systematicly wipe out liberal sufi influenced muslim idology in assam.

    Assam congress did a mistake by shaking hand with jamat e hind assam.

    Nowadays no main political party shaks hand with jamat e ulema hind in west bengal.
    thats why aiudf,jamat ulema hind is weaker in west bengal.
     
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    The infamous Assam Accord followed by IMDT act failed to detect and materailise a working mechanism to stop illegal immigrant problem, no doubt Bengali Muslims before 1971 obtained their citizenship, but how do you justify a person belongs to pre 71 period or not when we know facts that proving with such documents are often manipulated, problem is with political support and dishonest bureaucratic such documents had been offered to those who does not qualify for obtaining citizenship, such as back dated ration card followed by having their names in voter list. Before Congress it was AGP who was in power and was known as the makers of Assam Accord. In famous for their cause of 'Videshi Bhagao Andolon'. The State suffered a lot during their reign, their by losing popular support carving the way for congress to claim power. It is claimed that they used every trick under their sleeves to create a vote bank which ultimately resulted for them to claim majority in Legislature.

    One of the initial reason for the rise of congress in Assam is the fall of AGP, later Congress gained momentum.
    AGP had loosed popularity immensely due to their performance during power, AGP also got divided to add further.

    AGP and Congress was the main contesting political parties then JD/BJP/CPI etc had negligible powers in Assam

    Other then AGP the option was Congress

    Now other then Congress the main opposition of the state is AIUDF of Badruddin Ajmal.

    Regarding Assam Accord and IMDT nothing useful had been done in detecting immigrants, to say if some non citizen had been detected it was not necessary for Bangladesh to accept it as their own citizen.

    My friend don't swear by those dynamic political terminology , as to say Assam Accord other then AGP (moderates) have also given rise to ULFA ( the Extremist) and now they term Videshi as the Biharis instead of Bangladeshis :heh: for AGP they fought for Assam Agitation too but after that they came to power they got spoiled too.

    Politics is not for saints but we have to choose the best possible government. BJP and others are doing sh!t in Assam.

    Illegal immigrant problem is a :truestory:

    I dont see a non Congress power in the very next future unless people start casting vote blindly just for the :hail: VAJAPA tag
     
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    Radicals are supported, because they are a definite way to get the votes. Also congress can manage its B-teams very well. So it will not be unhappy if it's B-teams win either. Can this aiudf support nda under bjp?? No way. So at the end of the day its congress who gets their votes?? The main concern for congress is that they should be the bigger ally, if they can manage it, then no issues for congress.

    Openly it may be not be courted, but nothing stops them to conclude deals secretly.
     

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