BJP Assam office ransacked over selection of candidate

Disgruntled Morigaon district unit workers today ransacked the BJP Assam unit office in Guwahati in protest againstselection of candidates.

A large group of slogan shouting workers stormed into the office on RG Borooah Road with placards and started smashing the furtniture, computers and window panes.

Alleging the party leadership had put up an unknown candidate "after taking bribe from the Congress and AGP", the demonstrators, including women, threatened to sit on a dharna in the compound of the office till party state unit President Ranjit Dutta explained why the name of Prahlad Bhuyan was announced as the candidate from Morigaon.

Claiming Bhuyan was unknown in their area, the protestors wanted their leader Bhadra Kanta Nath to be instead made the saffron party's candidate.

BJP national vice-president and Guwahati MP Bijoya Chakraborty attempted to pacify the agitators by promising a meeting between them and national leader Vijay Goel when he comes here tomorrow.

The protestors accused the party of putting up weak candidates.

Earlier at a press meet prior to the ransack, Dutta denied report in a section of media about a secret seat-sharing deal with some political parties as BJP was weak in certain constituencies.

"I clarified we have not put up weak candidates. There will be no future alliance or secret understanding with any political party. We will contest in all the 126 seats," he said.