Guwahati, March 14, 2019
Former Assam Chief Minister and veteran Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta on March 14th, 2019 said that his party is trying to sideline him by keeping him aloof from the party in various ways.
“Forging an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was not the AGP’s decision. It was the decision of four or five people from the party. I will not participate in any campaign rally for the AGP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls 2019 as a sign of protest,” said Mahanta while addressing a presser here.
Mahanta, founder-president of the AGP, 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 can’t help but state that the party is trying to sideline me and that has been proved in the last two days. I have never run after power. I have dedicated my life for this party,” Mahanta added.
On March 13th, 2019, Mahanta told journalists in Nagaon that he came to know about the party’s decision on alliance through the media. “I am against this alliance with the BJP and I am firm on my stand,” he said.