With less than two months of the Assam elections, the opposition Congress hopes to lead a firm fight against the ruling BJP, despite the change of party of several top leaders over the past five years.
The party hopes to follow the Chhattisgarh model, having succeeded in toppling the Raman Singh government in a landslide victory in the 2018 polls.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel is the congressional observer for this election from Assam, and imported a dozen of his tacticians to mentor leaders and workers in each constituency in the art of tackling at BJP.
Each training session begins with the administration of an oath (in Hindi) – the oath strengthens the individual’s resolve to remain committed to Congress and the constitution of India.
The members of “Team Baghel,” as they are called, have been handpicked by the Chief Minister and camp in different parts of Assam, working on everything from booth-level sessions to workshops for chefs. left.
“The commitment and dedication in the way they worked against the BJP. With that same spirit, the same dedication, we can fight in Assam to oust the BJP,” said the congressional leader of the Assam, Ripun Bora, at NDTV.
The team is made up of advisers to the chief minister, ministers, deputies and district officials, and their progress is monitored directly by Mr. Baghel, who is also one of the main congressional activists for this election.
“At Chhattisgarh, we had rigorous training for people at the lower levels of the stand and as a result we were able to develop a solid foundation. Here we realized that there were already a lot of workers … you just have to unite them … to motivate them and prepare them to fight against the polls, ”said Vinod Verma, an adviser to Mr. Baghel , at NDTV.
The departure of key congressional leaders, MPs and party workers in recent years has left the opposition party in a precarious state. The death of three-time chief minister Tarun Gogoi in November last year made matters worse and left Congress without its top state leader.
Meanwhile, if the BJP’s defeat in Chhattisgarh in 2018 came as a shock to the party, he is convinced there will be no repeat in Assam.
“Congress has lost election after election. Where did they win (in the past) and who is their leader (now) … for us in this election Congress is not the main opponent “Parimal Suklabaidya, a cabinet minister, told NDTV.
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