BJP not to vote in Assam Rajya Sabha polls on 30 May

Guwahati: BJP legislators in Assam will abstain from voting on 30 May elections for the two Rajya Sabha seats from the state, party state president Sabananda Sonowal said today.

The BJP MLAs would not vote as the party did not support any of the contestants -- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Santius Kujur of the Congress and AIUDF's Aminul Islam, Sonowal told reporters in Guwahati.

Abstaining from voting. Reuters

Abstaining from voting. Reuters

The BJP has five members in the 126-member House.

The prime minister's victory is certain as he is the only contestant for the first preference votes of the 78 Congress legislators, while Kujur and Islam are tied for the second seat from the state, which has seven seats in the upper house.

The All India United Democratic Front's is the single largest opposition party in the House with 18 seats.

Santius Kujur is an Adivasi leader from the Christian community who had contested the last assembly polls from Panery in Udalguri district, while Aminul Islam is AIUDF's general secretary and an advocate in the Gauhati High Court.

PTI