GUWAHATI, April 22 – Two-time former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and senior leader Padma Hazarika today filed nominations for the post of the president of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), while acting president Chandra Mohan Patowary sprang a surprise by opting out from the race.
While both Mahanta and Hazarika claimed strong party workers’ support, AGP president Patowary cited ‘non-consensus’ as the reason behind him opting out from the central committee election.
Patowary, however, said that the decision was taken in the greater interest of the regional force, and asserted that he would continue to work to strengthen the party.
Talking to media persons this afternoon, Patowary said, “I wanted to have consensus and now that it could not be achieved, the decision to stay away from the race was taken.”
“I took over the reign as the president when the party was going through a tough time. I managed to unite the party but after the Assembly poll debacle, I had offered my resignation owing moral responsibility. For me, party’s interest is of prime importance and will continue to work for it,” Patowary said.
Meanwhile, Bijon Mahajan, member of the party’s central election committee, informed that Mahanta and Hazarika were the only ones to file nominations for the post of the president.
While Atul Bora (junior) and Kumar Deepak Das will contest for the post of working president, as many as 12 candidates including the likes of Keshav Mahanta and Joseph Toppo, have filed the nominations for the five posts of the general secretary.
“Further, 34 candidates is in fray for 21 posts of central executive member,” Mahajan added.
The election is scheduled for April 26.