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BJP, AGP, Gana Shakti renew ties for polls
Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, March 23 - Following a crack in the relations between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in the aftermath of the latter pulling out of the coalition in protest against the Union Cabinet’s approval of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 recently, the top leaders of the two alliance partners today sought to seal the breach in unity by holding a day-long dialogue with the party leaders of both the parties at a private location here.

The top BJP leaders included the Assam Chief Minister, State BJP president Ranjit Dass and others. The AGP leaders included its party president Atul Bora and working president Keshab Mahanta. The district leaders and MLAs of both the parties from Dibrugarh and Tinsukia also attended the meeting. Representatives from Gana Shakti also attended the meeting. The meeting resolved to bury away all bitterness to fight the elections cohesively so that they could keep away the Indian National Congress (INC) from coming to power.

The meeting continued till late evening. The media was kept away from the meeting. Later, newsmen were informed that the bottom-line of the meeting was that both the AGP and the BJP as also Gana Shakti would work jointly to help the BJP candidate win from the Dibrugarh Lok Sabha constituency. “The main objective was to renew our ties with our estranged member AGP and prepare a strategy to fight the elections jointly. Our alliance partner Gana Shakti also attended the meeting all the members unanimously decided to be united to defeat the Congress. We will move out in the rural areas and everywhere together to campaign for our candidate,” said Ujjal Kashyap, a secretary of the BJP here.

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