What is the dual challenge for BJP in Assam Legislative Assembly elections

Assam Assembly elections are going to be held in March and April and it seems that this time the contest will be triangular.

What is the dual challenge for BJP in Assam Legislative Assembly elections

On one side there is a front led by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, in front of which there is an alliance led by the Congress party. The task of making this election triangular is the alliance formed during the opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019. Elections are going to be held in Assam on 27 March, 1 April and 6 April.

The BJP-led coalition includes the regional Assam Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People's Party Liberals (UPPL).

The Congress party's grand alliance includes the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Bodoland People's Front (BPF), Zonal Front, Communist Party of India (CPI) and Marxist Communist Party (CPI-M), which emerged as a party of Muslim voters. .

The Bodoland People's Front (BPF) has recently come under the Congress's charge, accusing the BJP of not behaving properly with its partners.

Political importance of Assam election
The BJP is eyeing the return of its government in Assam. Assam is the largest state in the Northeast, in such a situation, the BJP will be able to strengthen its position in the entire Northeast India by re-forming the government in this state.

According to some analysts, BJP's Hindutva politics has been very successful in Assam. Earlier in Assam elections, apart from religious identity, original tribal and linguistic identity was a big issue.

According to a survey conducted in 2019 by the Hindu newspaper and CSDS Lokniti, the reason for BJP's politics in Assam has been religious polarization. According to the survey, the BJP has managed to get the votes of most of the Hindu voters in the state in recent years.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, an effective BJP leader in the state and Health Minister in the state cabinet, has been consistently making statements that his party does not need Muslim voters. On the other hand, in front of the Congress party, it is a test to protect its politics which has been continuously shrinking all over the country from shrinking further.