Guwahati, March 15, 2019
To counter the allegations of being “shameless” and “betraying people of Assam”, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on March 15th, 2019 defended its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Assam. The regional party emphasised that the alliance has been formed to defeat Congress in Assam in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Two months after pulling out over the much-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the AGP and BJP are back as allies in poll-bound Assam. The deal was sealed on March 12th, 2019 in Guwahati.
“We are elated…we have formed the alliance to defeat the Congress. We have ideological differences and it can be solved only through dialogues,” said Atul Bora, president, AGP. On March 15th, 2019, the state BJP-AGP leaders briefed the media jointly at the Assam BJP headquarters in Hengrabari at Guwahati, a first after joining hands.
Assam Agriculture Minister Bora, Assam Water Resources Minister Mahanta, Assam Food and Civil Supplies Minister Choudhury tendered their resignations on January 9th, 2019. They withdrew their resignations on March 13th, 2019.
The Lok Sabha elections in Assam will be held in three phases on April 11th, 18th and 23rd, 2019. The results of the election will be announced on May 23rd, 2019.
The AGP suspended one of the executive member Pranab Goswami over “anti-party” activities. AGP general secretary Kamala Kalita on March 14th, 2019 dashed off the letter to Goswami and informed that he has been suspended from the post of Executive Member of the party for speaking against the alliance in front of media.