AGP to go alone in panchayat poll, not to affect ties with BJP

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HT Bureau

Guwahati, Sept 22: Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), an alliance partner of BJP-led government in Assam has decided to fight along in the upcoming panchayat elections in the state. The decision was taken in the panchayat convention of the region party with the grassroot leaders in Guwahati on Friday.

“We have decided to fight alone the panchayat elections,” agriculture minister and AGP president Atul Bora said. “We believe that our position in grassroots is far better than the BJP. The BJP has failed many occasions to fulfil their commitments made before the last assembly elections,” Bora said.

Apart from its president, other senior leaders of the party, including former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, water resources minister Keshab Mahanta, senior leader Phani Bhushan Choudhury were also present in the convention.

In the convention, AGP has voiced against the proposal of union government to grant citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis by passage of Citizenship (amendment) Bill 2016 on the floor of the parliament.

“Assam is unable to bear the burden of Bangladeshis up to 1971. There is no question arise to take more burden,” Bora added.

Notably, Assam BJP has also decided to go alone in the panchayat elections in the state saying that it will not have any impact on the party’s alliances with the AGP. “Our alliance with the AGP and the BPF is for assembly and Lok Sabha polls and it will remain intact,” a senior leader of the party said.

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