Raijor Dal
People's Party
PresidentAkhil Gogoi
FounderAkhil Gogoi
Founded2 October 2020 (18 months ago) (2020-10-02)
HeadquartersHouse No. 1, Near Modern High School, Mathgharia, Guwahati - 781020
IdeologyRegionalism
Anti-CAA
Secularism
Socialism
Progressivism
ECI StatusState Party
AllianceUnited Regional Front (2020-2021)[1]
Seats in Lok Sabha
0 / 543
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 245
Seats in Assam Legislative Assembly
1 / 126
Election symbol
Website
www.raijordal.org

The Raijor Dal (transl. People's Party; abbr. RD)) is an Indian political party based in the state of Assam. The formation of the party was the culmination of more than 15 years of struggle of its parent mass organization Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti(KMSS) for land rights, farmers rights, ecological conservation and protection of lives and livelihoods of the working classes of Assam. In the wake of the statewide Anti-CAA movement where KMSS and 70 other organizations played a leading role, Akhil Gogoi, the then Chief advisor of KMSS and many others were arrested under draconian laws like the UAPA by the ruling BJP government, A new party was proposed on 2 October 2020 (when Gogoi was still in jail) with an aim to overthrow the BJP from power in Assam and provide a progressive regional alternative to the people of the state. Later, Raijor Dal was formally launched on 8 January 2021 at 1st Moran convention . The party's stated political ideology is progressive sub-nationalism which encapsulates ideas of federalism, equal rights self-reliance and scientific temper.

History

The party was founded on 2 October 2021 by KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi, who at the time was in jail for his participation in the Citizenship Amendment Act protests.[2]

The party was officially announced by filmmaker Jahnu Baruah who had extended his support along with Assamese film actress Zerifa Wahid and lawyer Arup Borbora.[3][4]

The party fought 2021 Assam Legislative Assembly election by intensifying anti-CAA protest apart from mounting pressure on the government to ensure release of Akhil Gogoi.[5]

Electoral Performance

For 2021 Assam Legislative Assembly election, Raijor Dal joined an alliance with Assam Jatiya Parishad an offshoot of All Assam Students Union and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad. According to the seat-sharing agreement, Assam Jatiya Parishad will contest on 68 seats, and Raijor Dal will contest on 29 seats of Assam.[6]

State Legislative Assembly Elections

Vote share in consecutive Assam Legislative Assembly elections
2021
5.93%
Assam Legislative Assembly Elections
Election Year Party leader Seats contested Seats won Change in seats Percentage of votes Vote swing Popular vote Result
2021 Election Akhil Gogoi 29 1
1

References

  1. ^ https://indianexpress.com/article/north-east-india/assam/raijor-dal-broken-allaince-with-ajp-says-akhil-gogoi-7388635/
  2. ^ "Assam: Jailed activist Akhil Gogoi's KMSS announces new political party ahead of elections". Scroll.in. Retrieved 4 October 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Jailed Akhil Gogoi's KMSS Launches New Party Ahead Of Assam Polls Next Year". NDTV. Retrieved 4 October 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "AIUDF meet approves alliance with Cong". The Assam Tribune. Retrieved 4 October 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Assam: Raijor Dal on the doorstep". Assam Times. Retrieved 4 October 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Assam elections: AJP, Raijor Dal to fight as united regional front". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 4 February 2021. Retrieved 15 March 2021.