sarma: Sarma Takes A Dig At Cong Over Rs Poll Candidate Choice | Guwahati News – Times of India

Guwahati: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said Congress-ruled states have become like a railway station that accommodates refugees in a jibe against his former party for nominating candidates from outside the state for the June 10 Rajya Sabha elections in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
Sarma said this import of candidates from outside states is the handiwork of leaders surrounding the Gandhi family.
“I am of the view that these are the signals that one can pick up that Congress is under blackmail or threat from leaders surrounding the Gandhi family. These leaders now tell the Gandhi family that if you don’t give, we will quit. The position of strength, which once the Gandhi family used to enjoy, is not there anymore. The Gandhi family has weakened. They have become a completely weakened political establishment,” Sarma said.
He said, “Rahul Gandhi says that India is union of states and not a civilization then why are you sending candidates to other states.”
He added, “It will be difficult for Congress to retain the status of principal opposition party in the next Lok Sabha. They will be able win about 30 to 35 seats only in 2024.”
There are only two Congress-ruled states in the country now — Rajsathan and Chhattisgarh.
While the party has fielded Mukul Wasnik (from Maharashtra), Randeep Singh Surjewala (from Haryana) and Pramod Tiwari (from Uttar Pradesh) as Rajya Sabha candidates from Rajasthan, it has nominated journalist-turned-politician Rajiv Shukla (from UP) and former Bihar MP Ranjeet Ranjan for Rajya Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh.

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