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AGP decides against poll alliance with BJP
Staff Reporter

Asom Gana Parishad president Atul Bora along with other senior leaders of the party taking part in the general council meeting at the party headquarters in Guwahati on Wednesday. – UB Photos
 GUWAHATI, Feb 17 - Setting at rest all speculations on the electoral alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the general council of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) today shut the door on the saffron party, directing the regional party leaders to prepare the party to fight the ensuing Assembly elections on its own strength, reiterating a decision it had adopted on the issue a few months back.

According to AGP general secretary Ramendra Narayan Kalita, the general council, however, asked its steering committee, which is the highest policy making body of the regional party, to formulate the electoral tactics of the party, taking the former (general council) in to confidence.

According to other sources in the party, the regional party has also constituted the manifesto committee with former minister Gunin Hazarika as its convenor, election publicity committee with Durga Das Boro as president, Krishna Gopal Bhattacharyya as vice president and Manoj Saikia as convenor and the committee for engaging the star campaigners for the party.

The party also constituted a 50-member committee comprising present party president Atul Bora and former party presidents Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Brindaban Goswami and Thaneswar Boro, AGP Legislature Party Leader Phani Bhusan Choudhury, all general secretaries, all party MLAs, some senior leaders like Nurul Hussain and Rekharani Boro and the leaders of the party’s frontal wings.

It needs mention here that earlier, the AGP’s efforts to forge alliance with the regional parties failed to evoke any positive response from any of the other regional parties of the State.

Its bid to forge an alliance with the BJP also failed due to the alleged unequal treatment meted out to it by the BJP leaders. Against the demand of the regional party for 48 (plus 8) seats, the BJP leaders offered below 20 seats to the former. Moreover, the proposal of the regional party for a common minimum programme (CMP) has also failed to evoke any positive response from the saffron party, alleged the AGP sources and attributed the failure of the regional party’s exercise to forge an alliance with the national party to all these developments.

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