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Mahanta elected AGP president

Mahanta,who had led the regional party to electoral victory twice — in 1985 and 1996 — had to quit the top post following a controversy over alleged bigamy in 2001.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: April 27, 2012 3:52:59 am

Former Assam chief minister and founder president of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) Prafulla Kumar Mahanta was today elected president of the regional party after a gap of over a decade. While Mahanta polled 212 votes,his opponent,Padma Hazarika,got 175 votes.

Mahanta,who had led the regional party to electoral victory twice — in 1985 and 1996 — had to quit the top post following a controversy over alleged bigamy in 2001. In 2003,he left the party to form his own faction,AGP-P,but returned to the party fold in 2008.

“With a democratic election electing me as its new president,I promise to bring back the lost glory of the AGP by leading it from the front and taking everybody along,” said Mahanta.

He added that the democratic election that the AGP carried out right from the grassroots level had rejuvenated the regional party.

“My immediate task is to bring back the confidence of the people in the party which they had constituted in 1985. Let the new executive committee be constituted,and we will draw up a long-term strategy to dislodge the Congress from power in 2016,” said Mahanta.

Mahanta led the five-year long movement against Bangladeshi migrants from 1979 to 1985.

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