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Ajmal forgets Barak Valley in three months?

SILCHAR, Aug 19: Moulana Badrauddin Ajmal was last seen in Barak Valley on May 16, the day when his party AUDF polled more than four lakh votes in the two constituencies in the valley. The party stood second in both the constituencies.
In the prestigious Silchar seat, Ajmal himself was the candidate and he surprised everyone by coming second and pushing Congress heavyweight Sontosh Mohan Dev to a distant third in the triangular fight. More interesting fact was that in 15 Assembly segments, AUDF maintained lead in at least eight—three in Cachar district and five in Karimganj. In Karimganj, Ajmal fielded a political novice Tea Tribe candidate who lost to Congress in a photo-finish fight.
In other wards, Ajmal could prove that Barak Valley, where Hindu and Muslim population was almost same, was a fertile land for his party. Strategically Ajmal should have put extra energy to strengthen the three district committees, aiming at the 2011 Assembly elections. But in reality, Ajmal is seen playing truant to the valley. He has not even thought it wise to visit the valley, which responded to his call during elections, at least once in the last three months. Moreover, he has virtually shut down the district offices in Cachar and Hailakandi just after the elections following some fisticuffs among the district committee leaders. Both the district committees have been dissolved.
In this backdrop, workers and supporters of the AUDF are a frustrated lot for obvious reason. The AUDF kept itself in a safe distance in the recently held civic body polls. Local AUDF leaders were, in hibernation as the party had no activity for the last three months.
On the other hand, the news of tie-up between the Congress and the AUDF has left the workers virtually confused. Like other districts, maximum of AUDF leaders and workers were originally from the Congress, and they now feel cheated by the AUDF. The Congress is taking the advantage of the situation and taking back some AUDF workers.
However, the question that has dogged everyone is: why is Ajmal avoiding Barak Valley which supported him in a massive way just three months back? According to sources, Ajmal is frustrated with some local leaders whose only motive is to “squeeze his exchequer”. (Source - Sentinel Assam)

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