A strong anti-incumbency was fast building up against the Congress government in Assam headed by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, and the Congress was heading for crushing defeat in the hands of the BJP-led alliance, Atul Bora, president of its ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) said in Guwahati on Thursday.
“There is a strong anti-incumbency building up against Gogoi and his Congress government. Look where their misrule has led Assam to. Whiles life and property of the common man is not secure, the Congress government cannot even ensure safety of High School finals answer scripts,” Bora said. “The people are fed up with the Congress and desperately want a change,” he said.
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He wondered if there was any other “such irresponsible” government as that of Tarun Gogoi, during whose rule, answer scripts of Class X board final examination were destroyed in fire in a zonal evaluation centre.
“Can there be a government as irresponsible as this which cannot even ensure safety and security of answer scripts of the Board examination?” he asked. “Last year cows ate off hundreds of answer scripts in one centre. This time several thousand scripts got burnt in chief minister Gogoi’s hometown Jorhat,” the AGP president said.
Releasing the list of 25 party candidates for the state assembly election which is being held in two phases on April 5 and 11, the AGP president also said that the people would vote for the BJP-led alliance for several reasons apart from alleged misrule.
“The indigenous communities have been rendered increasingly insecure in the past 15 years because the Congress has been going out of the way to protect the interests of the Bangladeshi infiltrators. That is why all indigenous groups and parties including the AGP have joined hands,” Bora said.
The list of 25 candidates released by AGP president Bora included founder president and two-times Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta who will be contesting for the seventh consecutive time from Barhampur in Nagaon district. Interestingly, while the alliance’s main partner BJP had allotted only 24 seats to the AGP, the regional party also announced candidates for two seats – Biswanath and Kalaigaon – which were not allotted to it.
Former IPS officer joins AGP
The AGP on Thursday got a major boost when former IPS officer Dilip Kumar Borah formally joined the regional party here on Thursday. Former Asom Jatiyabadi Yuva-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) president Dilip Patgiri too joined the AGP along with a number of others.
“Regionalism is what Assam needs in order to protect the interests of its indigenous communities from the silent aggression of Bangladeshi infiltration. The AGP has always stood for regional interests,” Borah, a 1982-batch IPS officer who had retired as director-general of Assam Police (Civil Defence and Home Guards) two months ago, said.
Patgiri, a founder member and former president of the Asom Jatiyabadi Yuva-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), a leading youth organization of the state that had played a major role during the AASU’s six-year long mass movement against Bangladeshi influx, on the other hand called for strengthening the regional party in order to ensure defeat of the Congress.