Assam polls: AGP, BJP struggle with revolt

The two parties are now more busy fighting their respective internal battles after disgruntled leaders floating new parties and naming candidates against their own parties.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: March 18, 2016 11:36 am
Asam polls, assam elections, Assam elections 2016, BJP, AGP, BJP AGP alliance, Assam, assam BJP AGP alliance, india news Guwahati : Atul Bora, President of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) addressing a press conference, at AGP party head office in Guwahati on Sunday.PTI Photo (PTI3_6_2016_000139B)

The BJP and AGP, which forged an electoral alliance in Assam more than a week ago, are busy trying to contain rebellion within their ranks as disgruntled leaders, who are opposed to the tie-up, have named candidates against the official party nominees in several districts.

A group of rebel BJP leaders has formed an outfit called Trinamool BJP and named candidates for the 24 assembly seats which the BJP has allotted to the AGP.

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Similarly, AGP rebels, led by party’s youth wing chief Sunil Rajkonwar and former Chabua MLA Bhaben Barua, have formed AGP Anchalikatabadi and decision to field candidates in at least 45 constituencies.

Meanwhile, former AGP president Thaneswar Boro has announced his decision to contest as an Independent from Rangiya. Boro, however, has appealed to AGP rebels not to field candidates in the 24 constituencies where AGP is contesting. “The regional party should not be disturbed,” he said.

The BJP is also struggling to pacify its rebel leaders. Mridul Dutta, who quit as state BJP vice-president, said: “The BJP is now in the grip of corrupt former Congress leaders, unpopular AGP leaders and a bunch of criminals.” He is planning to contest from Golaghat.

The Hindu Yuva-Chhatra Parishad (HYCP) has also accused the BJP of accepting money in lieu of party tickets. “The BJP, which was so long been talking about ousting the corrupt Congress, has named a number of people with criminal background,” said HYCP state president Balen Baishya.

BJP state president and Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal, however, described the growing discontentment in the party as a “temporary” phase. “This is a natural temporary phenomenon. There is so much enthusiasm among BJP workers. I’m sure this dissent will soon die down and all BJP workers will work for ensuring victory of the party,” he said.

AGP president Atul Bora also said that most of the disgruntled leaders, barring a few, have renewed their resolve to defeat the Congress. “We had consulted all sections of our leaders while working out the alliance with the BJP. Those who are still angry should come back to the party fold in the next two or three days,” he said.

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    Met
    Mar 14, 2016 at 12:24 pm
    Congress supported anti- national people for JNU crisis. Congress is pure muslim-trend party and anti- hindu party. Not forget that now which condition is make in am there is only responsible is congress which plays vote-bank politics. PM modi starts all ready development in NE likes roads, railways, Socio-economic growth. AND not compare am with Bihar. Bihar is illiterate state and there is not problem of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Save am,it's culture and Hinduism in state otherwise what happened with kashmiri pandit same will happened with here. Plz save our religion and culture. Save am and go with BJP.
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      Shankar Shankar
      Mar 13, 2016 at 5:29 pm
      During the run up to the 2014 elections, Modi had promised amese voters that he will send the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants back to their homeland. It has already been two years and nothing at all has been done in this regard. It is now payback time for Modi. Congress will retain power in am.
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        John
        Mar 13, 2016 at 7:39 pm
        You can always the trust Indian express to continue supporting congress with paid news even if the writing is on the wall ;)
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          John
          Mar 14, 2016 at 12:33 pm
          Please stop pushing this article again and again...it won't work Mr. Kashyap...people are fed up with Congress and Gogoi
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            chandrakanth
            Mar 14, 2016 at 2:31 am
            Modi Hatao.. Desh bachao
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              A. M.
              Mar 13, 2016 at 7:08 pm
              Ab ki baar, bhagaao modi sarkar.
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                BharatK
                Mar 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm
                NEVER trust IE, NDTV news.
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                  kamath Ramesh
                  Mar 14, 2016 at 11:22 am
                  Nobody can save congress this time. BJP is doing so much to NE states which was neglected by congress in last 6 decades.
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