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BJP joins hands with AGP to form pre-poll alliance in Assam

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | MANOJ ANAND
Published Mar 2, 2016, 7:25 pm IST
Updated Mar 2, 2016, 7:25 pm IST
The party said its main objective is to free Assam from the corrupt regime of the Congress.
Sarbananda Sonowal, the chief ministerial candidate of BJP in Assam, announced that BJP is joining hands with AGP. (Photo: PTI)
 Sarbananda Sonowal, the chief ministerial candidate of BJP in Assam, announced that BJP is joining hands with AGP. (Photo: PTI)

Guwahati: In what is said to be a politically wise move, the BJP on Wednesday decided to contest forthcoming assembly elections with regional Asom Gana Parishad.

AGP president Atul Bora, his senior colleagues Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Biren Prasad Baishya, Pradip Hazarika and others attended the meeting with BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday, which was attended by Sarbananda Sonowal, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Mahendra Singh.

 

If insiders are to be believed former minister Himanta Biswa Sarma who is also the convener of Assam BJP campaign committee for 2016 assembly polls was the architect of two significant deal roping in AGP and Bodoland Peoples Front in the alliance led by BJP. The BJP is also trying to accommodate some of the ethnic groups of Rabha Autonomous Council in order to create a formidable alliance against the ruling Congress party in Assam.

Emerging from the meeting, Assam BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal and AGP president Atul Bora told reporters, “In larger interest of the state and to remove the Congress party from power, both the parties have decided to join hands.”

 

Sonowal who is also the chief ministerial candidate of BJP in Assam said that prime objective of BJP is to free the state’s people from the corrupt regime of the Congress party.

Mr Bora said that alone it was not possible to stop the Congress so to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the people, they have decided to join hands with BJP.

He said that party has decided to contest this election under the leadership of BJP.

He however clarified that they are yet to finalise the seat distribution. “We will settle this issue amicably,” said Mr Sonowal.

 

Sources however claimed that AGP will contest in 19 seats while they are yet to reach to create consensus on seven other seats that AGP has been claiming.

The AGP is likely to contest on Naharkatiya, Amguri, Mahmora, Khumtai, Sarupathar, Kaliabar, Chaygaon, Barhampur, West Guwahati, Boko, Hajo, Lakhimpur, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Tezpur, North Abhoyapuri, Biswanath and Rangapara seats. 

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