The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has organised a “national convention” to mark its 29th foundation day, during which it wants fresh inputs from the people to revive it in the backdrop of what it described as “repeated betrayal of Assam by so-called national politics.”
The party, that won state Assembly elections within two months of its formation in 1985, will turn 29 on Tuesday. Having formed government twice – in 1985 and 1996 – it is facing tough times with its present strength of 9 in the 126-member state Assembly.
“We have embarked upon a mission to revive the party in a big way, and the foundation day is probably the best moment to go back to the people who had given birth to it in 1985,” said party president Atul Bora. “The national parties, including the Congress and the BJP, have the same attitude towards Assam. This is the right time to strengthen the regional party,” he said Sunday.