Guwahati, March 15, 2019
Former Assam chief minister and founder-president of the Asom Gana Paroshad (AGP) Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said that he would not campaign for any candidate in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Mahanta on March 14th, 2019 said that his party is trying to sideline him by keeping him aloof from the party in various ways. He also said that the decision of alliance with the BJP was not discussed with the 10-member committee of the party of which he is a member. The AGP forged a fresh alliance with the BJP for the Lok Sabha elections in Assam on March 12th, 2019.
“I was not kept in the loop in the decision making. The AGP will lose credibility due to the alliance with BJP. I will not campaign for any candidate in this general elections.I am against this alliance with the BJP and I am firm on my stand,” he said.
On March 13th, 2019, Mahanta told journalists in Nagaon that he came to know about the party’s decision on alliance through the media. He added, “The party workers are confused. I have been receiving calls. A number of members want to resign.”
The AGP is the product of the six-year-long Assam Movement against the illegal foreigners in Assam, which was spearheaded by Mahanta. The movement led to the signing of the historic Assam Accord in 1985 by the leaders of the agitation with the Rajiv Gandhi government.
Mahanta has been at the forefront of the opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Assam. After Assam Agriculture Minister Bora, Assam Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta, Assam Food and Civil Supplies Minister Phani Bhusan Choudhury tendered their resignations over the Centre’s nod to the Bill on January 9th, 2019, Mahanta said that the BJP should seek a fresh mandate from the people in Assam.