Guwahati: The Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF), with a sizeable minority support base, has emerged as a threat to the poll prospect of ruling Congress in coming Lok Sabha polls in Assam.
The state, a traditional Congress bastion, has nine MPs from the ruling party which has over the years banked heavily on the minority vote bank but the emergence of relatively new AUDF since the last assembly elections in 2006 has made the going difficult for Congress.
Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi. PTI
AUDF has put up candidates in nine of the 14 Lok Sabha seats with its president Badruddin Ajmal contesting from the key Muslim constituencies of Silchar and Dhubri. In Silchar, he is likely to give a tough fight to Union heavy industries minister Santosh Mohan Dev who has won the seat seven times.
Perfume baron Ajmal’s brother Sirajuddin Ajmal, an MLA in Assam, is also contesting from two seats of Nagaon and Kaliabor, both with sizeable Muslim voters. He has emerged as a major threat to chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s brother and Kaliabor’s sitting parliamentarian Deep Gogoi.