GUWAHATI: The capital city of Guwahati slipped into an election mode on Wednesday afternoon when Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) president and former All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) leader Lurinjyoti Gogoi was escorted through the city streets by hundreds of his supporters riding two-wheelers and holding the party flags.
Gogoi was given a public felicitation by the party workers in the city.
The newly floated AJP which was an offshoot of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest in the state has entrusted Gogoi with the responsibility of leading the new regional party, which aims to promote the rights of indigenous Assamese.
The party claimed that it would manage to uproot BJP led state government in the ensuing state polls of 2021.
“Why is that though a poor family gets free rice but has to buy potatoes for Rs 60 kilo? It’s an irony and not the ideal situation that we aspired. People are tired of the anarchy, lies, corruption and communalism that the present government trying to spread. They needed a change and AJP will be the party of their dreams. The rise of regionalism is here and it’s the only way to get our rights,” Gogoi said.
Gogoi once again advocated the idea of joining hands of all the regional forces in the state to uproot BJP from power but categorically kept Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), a regional party in ally with the BJP, out of the equation.
He said, “We want all the regional forces to unite except those which have already surrendered before national parties. They have already lost their regional party characteristics.”
AJP, floated by AASU and Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad-two of the biggest student organizations of the state, has already started their anti CAA campaigns across the state and preparing its grounds for the 2021 state assembly polls.
Assam’s health and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had mocked Gogoi and said, “What’s going on? One day they will launch the party. One day they will felicitate Gogoi. Is this politics or a theatre show is going on?”