GUWAHATI: In a major twist, Assam’s former chief minister Prafulla Mahanta has decided not to contest the 2021 state assembly polls.
Mahanta though was denied the ticket from Barhampur– the seat he has been representing for seven straight terms since 1985 –there were speculations that he might revive Asom Gana Parishad (AGP)’s faction AGP (Progressive) which was once led by him and contest the polls.
Subsequently, there were developments also when Mahanta’s close aides started to talk about a possible alliance with Congress-led ‘grand alliance’.
However, keeping aside all the speculations, Mahanta’s wife and former MP Joyasree Goswami Mahanta told TIME8 on Monday, “It’s a sad event that the person who has managed to keep his party’s head high in Barhampur constituency was denied of a ticket. AGP was founded by him but today’s leadership has betrayed him for their shallow political gains. It’s shameful that AGP leadership has given away Barhampur seat to BJP.”
She added, “Since Mahanta can’t compromise with his ideology of regionalism like others in the party, he has decided not to contest in elections. However, he said that he will continue to be a public servant in his own way.”
Recently, the BJP led alliance in which AGP is also part announced that it would field Jitu Goswami from Mahanta’s home turf. Barhampur will go to the polls on March 27.
Mahanta has recently returned from Delhi after getting medical attention. Many claimed that he took the decision due to his health reason.
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