Cong admits AGP-BJP tie-up is ‘new challenge’

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi may have told the media that the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) had sacrificed its regional character by tying the knot with the BJP....

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published:March 9, 2009 11:30 pm

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi may have told the media that the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) had sacrificed its regional character by tying the knot with the BJP,but the Congress has identified this tie-up in Assam as a “new challenge” in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.

This became evident when the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) passed a resolution at a two-day party workers’ convention that ended here on Sunday,in which it stated that the AGP-BJP alliance had posed new challenges to it.

“The marriage of convenience between parochial,regional AGP and communal BJP has thrown up new challenges to us,” said a political resolution adopted on the first day of the convention. But Congress spokesman and Industry Minister Pradyut Bordoloi said,“This unholy alliance will not affect the chances of our candidates.”

However,AGP spokesperson Apurba Kumar Bhattacharrya said the Congress resolution was enough to prove that the AGP-BJP alliance had shaken the ruling party.

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