Guwahati, March 13, 2019
Terming the resurrection of the alliance of the Hindutva politics and regional politics as a “rainbow alliance”, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader Atul Bora on March 13th, 2019, said, “the party held talks discussing the strategy to fight the ensuing Lok Sabha election jointly”.
Bora had tendered resignation from his ministerial berth along with other two ministers – Phanibhusan Choudhury and Keshab Mahanta – from the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal ministry following the introduction of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill two months back.
“It was decided in the meeting in presence of BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), AGP and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) will jointly fight the ensuing Lok Sabha election to be held in Assam in three phases,” Bora said.
He further added that people in the 2016 Assembly election gave the mandate to the BJP-AGP-BPF alliance. “We hope, people of the state will appreciate and give the mandate to this alliance in the ensuing general election,” Bora said.
Bora, who was holding the ministerial berth of Agriculture Department, while talking about the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, said, “There was a misunderstanding between AGP and the BJP on various issues. The Bill was a primary cause of the collapse of the alliance with BJP.”
Meanwhile, the Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told the media persons on March 13th, 2019 that the seat-sharing among BJP, AGP and BPF has been finalized. “On March 16th, 2019, we will declare the seat-sharing,” Sarma said.