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Hiten Goswami quits AGP, blames leadership
Staff reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 16 – The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) today received another setback as senior member and former Minister Hitendra Nath Goswami today tendered his resignation from the party expressing his frustration at the failure of the party leadership to bring in new blood to revive the regional force. However, he made it clear that he has nothing against the aims and objectives of the regional force and he would always continue his anti-Congress stand.

Talking to The Assam Tribune after sending his resignation letter to the party president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Goswami said that his decision to resign from the AGP was not a hasty one as he had resigned from the executive committee of the AGP on June 25, last year.

Goswami lamented that the in recent times, the AGP not only fared badly in successive elections, but the people are losing faith on the party. He cited the example of Shiv Sena and said that though the party is now not in power in Maharashtra, but it still enjoys popular support. He said that the party leaders did not pay heed to the suggestions of the prominent intellectuals of the State to reform the party and they forgot that the same intellectuals played a major role to bring the AGP back to power in 1996 by mobilizing public opinion against the then Congress Government.

Goswami, a former Power Minister of the State, said that no effort has been made to bring in fresh faces who can improve the image of the AGP among the people of the State and even the possible entry of former Meghalaya Governor RS Mooshahary into the party was blocked. “I have repeatedly told the senior leaders that we have failed to deliver and efforts should be made to bring in new faces. I resigned from the post of executive member to pave the way for new faces. But there is a tendency among some of the leaders of the AGP to hang on to their posts, which is not leading the party anywhere,” he added.

The former Minister further pointed out that with only a few months to go for the Lok Sabha polls, the AGP is yet to finalize its policies to face the polls and one senior leader recently made a statement that the party would win all the 14 seats, which is an absurd statement.

However, he is still undecided whether to join any political party after his resignation from the AGP. “I have not spoken to any party so far and I also have not decided whether I will be in the political field. I shall need some time to talk to my well wishers before taking any decision,” he added.

Replying to a question on whether he regrets joining politics by giving up a successful career as a lawyer of the Gauhati High Court, Goswami said that his friends and family members regret his decision. “I was asked to contest the polls in 1991 by the AGP and I decided to do the same. But looking back, I must admit that I was not a successful politician,” he admitted.

Meanwhile, commenting on the resignation of Goswami, AGP general secretary Dr Kamala Kalita said that the resignation should not affect the regional party. “Someone resigning and some new faces coming to a political party is nothing new,” he added.

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