In Assam possible tie up between BJP and AGP (Asom Gana Parishad ) is turning into a troublesome affair for both the parties as the assembly elections are coming closer.
Sarbananda Sonowal and section of senior leaders of BJP are still looking for a tie-up with the AGP to defeat the Congress, while there is a section who are opposing this one.Similar situation is prevailing in AGP whether to tie-up with BJP or not.
In Guwahati both BJP’s offices,the state office at Hengerabari and the election coordination office at Ulubari witnessed protest demonstrations by party workers in Naharkatiya, Nagaon and some other constituencies opposing the possible alliance. In Udalguri a section of BJP workers with Bodo People’s Front (BPF) protested against the possible tie up.
In Bongaigaon and Barpeta districts,similar cases were being reported. Like Kalaigaon, Barhampur, Boko, Lakhimpur and Kamalpur were also the other constituencies were case were reported. In most places protesters claimed that there is no point in tie ups with the AGP as they already had become non-existent after a mass shift of its workers to the BJP.
Sarbananda Sonowal, State BJP president told to Indian Express that in order to defeat the Congress though BJP is capable alone of doing this by winning a majority on its own, but it was also looking ahead to taking along all regional and ethnic groups in Assam to ensure a crushing defeat for Congress.
Utpal Dutta, senior leader and Lakhimpur legislator said that AGP, which too is facing similar problems, and is threatening to quit if the regional party entered into an alliance with the BJP.
“I will even not hesitate to quit the AGP in the event of a tie-up with the BJP,” Dutta said.
Atul Bora, president during the central executive committee meets said that he regional party is taking a final decision on the issue and In Assam, GP would play a crucial role in the formation of the next government.
In 1985 and 1996, AGP, which had formed government in Assam twice. However in the past few years has suffered in a major way after a number of its top leaders left and joined the BJP in quick succession. Sonowal currently BJP president and union sports minister was an AGP MP and had joined BJP.
Chandra Mohan Patowari, Hitendra Nath Goswami, Hemanta Kalita, Padma Hazarika, Naba Doley, Jagadish Bhuyan, Queen Ojah, Bijan Mahajan and Sushila Hazarika in 2011 are among other top AGP leaders who joined BJP in recent year.