GUWAHATI: What seemed like an attempt to unite the divided house, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) top leadership on Friday met party veteran and former chief minister Prafulla Mahanta.
AGP leadership-Atul Bora, Phani Bhushan Choudhury and Keshav Mahanta, all three are incumbent ministers in the BJP-AGP-BPF government, met Mahanta who has been constantly distancing himself from the party’s stand of joining hands with BJP and backing Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Though no clear information was shared, Mahanta told media that the meeting was a courtesy call and he would continue to serve the party and the people of the state.
However, he continued to stress that only a regional force can meet the people’s expectation.
“Only a regional party can work for the betterment of the local people,” Mahanta said categorically.
A section of AGP members still believed that AGP’s decision to join hands with BJP was a blunder and has raised serious doubts about the party’s original regional identity.
The AGP has been criticized for renewing its alliance with the BJP, though the latter has not changed its stand on the CAA. The party had earlier snapped ties when the BJP cabinet gave its nod to tabling the bill in the Lok Sabha and launched a scathing attack on the party.
Mahanta also had accused the party leadership of not taking the approval of the party’s general house about renewing its alliance with the BJP.
The AGP’s general council is slated on August 27.