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Tie-up talks with BJP unsuccessful so far: Mahanta

Written by Ruhi Tewari | New Delhi | Posted: March 5, 2014 3:38 am

A week after he skipped a meeting of non-Congress, non-BJP parties, raising doubts about his party’s commitment to an ‘alternative’ front, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) chief Prafulla Mahanta has said his party is undecided on their future course of action, and some rounds of “informal discussion” with the BJP have not been “successful”.

“We are meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) to decide on our future course of action. We are yet to decide if we want to go to the polls alone or in an alliance. We have held some informal discussions with the BJP but they have not been very successful so far,” Mahanta told The Indian Express.

“The BJP is not giving us the seats we want, so we don’t know if we should get into an alliance with them… What’s the point?” he added.

Mahanta said he had skipped the non-Congress, non-BJP parties meet because of personal reasons, and added that his party is yet to take a call on whether it would be part of this group.

The party would arrive at a decision in the next two days, he said. The AGP central executive body has authorised Mahanta and working president Atul Bora to take a final call on electoral alliances.

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