Guwahati, May 24, 2019
With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) surpassed its 2014 Lok Sabha election tally this year with a huge margin, its alliance Assam Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) had a humiliating defeat for the second consecutive term.
Although in the early trends, AGP was seen leading in Barpeta and Kaliabor districts with their candidates Kumar Deepak Das and Moni Madhab Mahanta. Come evening, the tables completely turned against the party.
Kumar Deepak Das, a former Rajya Sabha MP lost the Barpeta seat to Congress’s sitting MLA Abdul Khaleque, Moni Madhab Mahanta lost the Kaliabor seat to sitting MP Gaurav Gogoi.
The party headquarter which is located in the GNB road wore a deserted look as most of the leaders refrained from visiting the office and party president Atul Bora was reportedly in Bokakhat, his Assembly constituency.
It may be mentioned, the party in the month of January 2019 parted ways with the state government over the issue of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Later, in the month of March, they joined hands again ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
As per the seat sharing agreement, AGP got three seats in Assam – Dhubri, Barpeta and Kaliabor to contest the general elections.