In Assam, for assembly polls BJP is trying to have an alliance with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).Since 1998, BJP has seen repeated defeats in Assam and this has prompted various leaders of AGP to consider a tie up with BJP. With the Bodoland People’s Front in the state, BJP is already trying to form an alliance.
30 assembly seats have sought out by AGP from BJP. In Assam, out of 126 assembly seats, BJP is ready to part with only 20 seats. In 2011, AGP had won 10 seats but after the death of a MLA and two MLAs quitting AGP in order to join BJP. Manoj Saikia, AGP spokesperson confirmed that talks were on and nothing has been decided on sharing seats yet.
Keshav Mahanta, senior AGP leader, said there is a proposal for alliance with the BJP.
“However the party’s general house within one week will decide on the alliance.”
In AGP, not everyone favors an alliance with BJP. A section favors an alliance with Congress and another section of leaders want the party to contest polls on its own. AGP and BJP had contested together during 2009 Lok Sabha polls.
BJP’s alliance with AGP will benefit BJP as AGP’s votes are transferable as per Political analyst. Tying up efforts of BJP with BPF has already triggered disenchantment in the party.
In Guwahati, in front of the BJP headquarters several BJP members from Dhubri district staged a protest.