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BJP leadership has ‘totally alienated’ ideological base, says Congress MP-elect Gaurav Gogoi

New Delhi: From the BJP’s “listless” campaign to the “political demotion” of tea garden workers, Gaurav Gogoi, Congress MP-elect from Jorhat, attributes his recent victory in the upper Assam Lok Sabha constituency to various factors.But most of all, Gogoi feels, Assam Chief Himanta Biswa Sarma unwittingly contributed to his victory by turning it into a prestige battle. “I credit the Assam chief minister for being my star campaigner,” Gogoi told ThePrint in an interview on Monday. Indeed, Sarma, credited with the BJP’s rise in Assam, left no stone unturned to deny Gogoi a victory in Jorhat, ranging from lining up his cabinet ministers to campaigning in the constituency to using the party’s organisational resources to the hilt. Show Full Article In the end, G...
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‘Interference by a religion’ set back NDA in Northeast — Sarma’s remarks on Christians trigger row

New Delhi: While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been making efforts to reach out to the Christian community, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief minister’s remarks seemingly aimed at Christians has triggered a row in the aftermath of the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections.Why did BJP and its allies lose ground in three states in the Northeast? Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he had reason to believe a “particular religion” was to blame for the poor showing in Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Sarma set off a political storm by saying that “a particular religion openly went against our (NDA) governments in those states”. He added that this was therefore not a “political defeat”. Show Full Article In the just c...
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‘Not a crime,’ says Assam BJP leader after CM Sarma slams him for congratulating a Congress winner

Guwahati: An Assam BJP leader has earned the wrath of chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for congratulating the Congress’s Gaurav Gogoi, who won the Jorhat parliamentary constituency.After Sarma said that MLA Mrinal Saikia was expected to congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi first, and was probably contemplating switching sides, the Khumtai legislator posted on X Tuesday evening: “I learned today from Himanta Biswa Sarma sir that, to congratulate someone from the opposition is a crime nowadays.” Saikia also reaffirmed that he always abided by the ideology of the party, but hinted it had all changed now.  Show Full Article Sharing a picture of the BJP’s stalwarts — Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi...