Emerging out of anti-CAA protests, with its Assamese centric character and consequent inability to significantly mobilise cross-sectional participation, these parties would face considerable difficulty to expand their appeal beyond some 35 seats where Assamese speakers are dominant.

With elections due in spring next year, Assam’s politics is going through a churn with the formation of several new regional parties, the latest being Raijor Dal (RD) backed by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), a leading pressure group of the state.

These groups have surfaced at a time, when on hand, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems extremely confident about its prospects, with a senior minister recently asserting that it would win 100 seats while the Congress, having set a target of securing 80 seats, is now mooting the idea of leading a ‘grand alliance’ of anti-BJP forces.

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