By Debananda Medak
GUWAHATI: Showcasing his goodwill gesture and response to the mass appeal for the unification of all the regional political parties of the state, Asom Songramani Mancha working president Adip Kumar Phukan on Saturday joined the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) taking along with him other Mancha executives.
Phukan, who headed the Mancha as working president till yesterday, also associated with the Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) for over 18 years earlier. Notably, the new regional political party – AJP was jointly formed by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and AJYCP accumulating the forces of the anti-Chitizenship (Amendment) Act movement keeping in mind the ensuing Assam assembly election scheduled for 20201.
On Saturday, Phukan joined the AJP along with Mancha vice president Rabindra Kumar Dutta, general secretaries Luchi Neog and Amitabh Barthakur, organising secretary Gautam Pathak besides seven other executive members.
After joining the AJP, Phukan said, “Efforts are there to form a strong regional political party ever since the 1970s. I have always been a part of the AASU and AJYCP’s decade-long movement to safeguard the interest of the people of Assam. The formation of the AJP has become a rare opportunity to strengthen the regional movement through politics. I strongly believe, the AJP will become a big force in the state and will earn the confidence to defeat the BJP in 2021.”
“If the regional parties fail to occupy Dispur in 2021, the challenges to be faced by the people of Assam will turn more disastrous. We will have to succumb to the imposition of the Centre as well as the state government of Assam in various fronts. We must be inclusive in approach and remain united to oust the ruling BJP in the ensuing Assam assembly elections,” he added.
Right after his joining, Phukan was accommodated as Coordinator of the AJP.
Significantly, jailed key anti-CAA leader and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) chief Akhil Gogoi on Saturday stressed that the AASU has committed a historic blunder by forming a separate regional political party. Gogoi earlier appealed all the regional political parties, ethnic organisations and indigenous tribal bodies to stand united under one symbol, flag and agenda. However, none of the organisations and parties gave a positive nod to his appeal.
After declining Gogoi’s appeal, it will be interesting to observe the AJP’s approach to unite the regional political parties of the state.