Opinion | Will the break-up with AGP turn into Pandora’s Box for BJP?


Mukut Das

The affair between the aggressive Hindutva ideology and regionalism that split with the Asom Gana Parishad’s walk out of the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 issue has put forward a fresh political equation if the BJP has opened up Pandora’s Box ahead of the 17th general election.

The saffron political party, who wielded the AGP presumably, has lost 14 legislator’s support.

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With the support of 12 legislators from the ally Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), the BJP has strength of 73 MLAs as of now. On the other hand, the opposition, which includes Congress (25), AGP (14), AIUDF (13) and Independent (1), has strength of 53 legislators support on this date.

Though the magic number to form government in Assam is 64 and BJP has 73 MLAs as of now, the BJP’s decline and dip in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charisma since mid-2017 are matters of concern ahead of the general election.

The BJP’s decline started in mid-2017 when people started walking out from PM Modi’s rally in Gujarat. Thereafter, the BJP has lost several bi-elections and recently the saffron party faced a lamentable defeat in the assembly elections in the Hindi heartland – Madhya Pradesh, Chattishgarh and Rajasthan.

Moreover, the BJP could not perform as expected in the recently held Assam panchayat election.

The AGP’s political buffoonery over the last three years in the government as partner of the BJP to remain in power finally genuflected in-front-of the public pressure to overlook its hunger for power and walk out of coalition for the greater cause of the Assamese community.

By the end of the last year, the alliance between the premiere regional political party AGP and the BJP was thought on the brink of collapse over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. But, the alliance was not shattered for which the AGP had faced strong criticism.

The AGP relinquished its support following its own words over the Bill issue. AGP’s president and Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora on Monday told media that the party fulfilled its promises made to the people of the state till date and would continue to stand with the people.

However, the AGP’s commitment towards the indigenous people of the state was considered as a drama with vested political interests earlier.

The prolonged uncertainty that gripped the state over the BJP’s three years rule in the state and different possibilities that arose regarding the alliance, which was considered as unmatched couple, bewildered the people and pushed to think whether the Assamese community was on the verge of extinction.

Now, the innings of resurrection of regionalism and AGP’s role in the episode will be crucial and watch worthy since the party has direct relation with the sentiment and emotion of autochthony.

Can the AGP revive its identity and make the people feel the need of regional political party and regionalism for the greater cause of the state here from?

Can the AGP keep the spirit continue in future also?

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