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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Sahidul Alom Choudhury for AUDF-TMC alliance

SILCHAR, Oct 3: Virtually cornered in the AGP, a desperate Sahidul Alom Choudhury now wants to play the role of a catalyst for the proposed alliance between the AUDF and the Trinamool Congress.

Choudhury, once a powerful minister in Prafulla Mahanta’s Cabinet, claimed in a press meet that the alliance between the AUDF and the TMC would be finalized within this month. He, however, did not give any direct reply as to which party he would ultimately join in. Sahidul rather concentrated on playing the linguistic monitory card on the fact that the Bengali Muslims constitute 30 per cent of the total population of Asom and the AUDF-TMC alliance could bring these two communities under one umbrella. Thus the Bengali community, he said, in general can win at least 35 to 40 seats in the next Assembly elections.

Meanwhile, AUDF working president Hafiz Rashid Choudhury, while talking to The Sentinel over telephone from Chennai on Saturday, questioned the authority of Sahidul Alom regarding his claim over the proposed alliance between the AUDF and the TMC. Choudhury, however, admitted that TMC president Mamata Banerjee had a discussion with AUDF supremo Badrauddin Ajmal about forging an alliance in Asom. “But nothing has been finalized,” Choudhury said. He said if the AGP disassociates itself from the BJP, then the AUDF will think of forging an alliance with the regional party. “In that case, an alliance among the AGP, TMC and the AUDF can be forged in Asom to dethrone the Congress in 2011 Assembly elections,” Choudhury said.

Sahidul Alom has branded the AGP as a political platform of the Asomiya community where other linguistic minorities have no voice. He has demanded immediate scrapping of its ties with the BJP, failing which the Bengali Hindus and the Bengali Muslims will come under the umbrella of the AUDF-TMC alliance.

Hafiz Rashid said the AUDF is not a political party of the Muslims alone. “We have representation of all the minority communities in the State, regardless of their language and religion,” maintaining this the AUDF working president said his party is not allergic to the AGP. THE SENTINEL

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