Wednesday, February 21, 2024

AGP gives Ghy to BJP, cloud over alliance clears

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has finally decided to leave the Guwahati seat to the BJP, removing the last hurdle in the way of the alliance ahead of the coming Lok Sabha elections, AGP sources today said. The AGP’s central steering committee, in a meeting yesterday which went on till midnight, discussed the present status of all the 14 seats and cleared the Guwahati seat for the BJP. However, they have not yet made the official announcement of the decision.
‘’We had a fruitful discussion regarding all the 14 seats, we had already announced names of our sitting MPs from Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur seats for this election. Last night we discussed about other seats, including those seats which will be given to the BJP,’’ AGP chief spokesperson Atul Bora said. As per the AGP-BJP ties, AGP will contest in six seats while BJP will contest in eight seats. The AGP had insisted on both Guwahati and Mangaldoi seats, but party sources said they had now given up on Guwahati. ‘’Both the BJP and AGP must understand that it is the time to sacrifice for the great cause of defeating Congress. Our leadership has also understood the seriousness of the matter and BJP must also understand,’’ AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary said.
BJP national vice-president Bijoya Chakarvarty has also echoed similar sentiment and expressed happiness over the removal of all obstacles between the two parties. She is the front runner in getting the BJP ticket for Guwahati for the Lok Sabha poll.

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