“Shifting of candidates by Mahajot is a drama”: AGP on horse-trading
GUWAHATI: The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), an ally of the ruling NDA, said that the Opposition’s move to shift its candidates out of the state to protect them from ‘poaching’ by BJP was nothing but a ‘drama’.
Already, Congress-led ‘Mahajot’ has reportedly sent its ally partner Baduraddin Ajmal’s All India United Democratic (AIUDF), Left parties and Bodoland People Front (BPF)’s candidates out of the state. While AIUDF and Left party members were camping in Rajasthan, BPF’s candidates were believed to be somewhere in Bhutan. Some were even reportedly gone to Singapore.
On Monday, AGP party chief Atul Bora snubbed the move by Congress allies and expressed confidence in returning to power with its allies – BJP and United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL).
Bora said, “It’s just a conspiracy to malign our image. There is no question of horse-trading when we have the numbers. It’s just drama.”
Taking a jibe on Congress which led the grand alliance of 10 parties, the AGP leader mocked that the party which has given guarantee to the people of the state while campaigning for polls has no guarantee on its own candidates.
“It’s the irony. They have given a guarantee to the people of Assam but they don’t have trust in their own candidates. How can they expect the people of the state to take them in confidence?” said Bora.
He added that Congress’ ‘lies’ were known to the people of the state who have already rejected them in the poll.
The AGP chief said, “We (NDA) will do much better and so is AGP. Though we don’t want to reveal the numbers, it’s sure that it’s better than the previous time.”
AGP was likely to hold its party workers meeting shortly in which the party would evaluate its performance and take feedback on poll trends.
In the 2016 Assembly polls, the BJP won 60 seats and the AGP 14. The UPPL is a new partner of the BJP and has no MLA yet.
The BPF, which was part of the BJP-led alliance, had won 12 seats in 2016. However, BPF was no longer an alliance partner of the BJP and recently joined the ‘Mahajot’.
The results of the state assembly polls would be out on May 2.