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AGP can provide an alternative: Mahanta

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 11 � The people of Assam want a change and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is in a position to provide a viable alternative, asserted former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who took over charge as the Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly yesterday.

Mahanta said today that the people of Assam has accepted the concept of collective leadership of the regional party and the mass awareness rallies of the party received overwhelming response so far. He admitted that in the past, internal differences caused problems for the regional party and the Congress took advantage of the situation. However, all the members of the party have realized the mistakes and now every member has vowed to work together in the interest of the state, he claimed.

The Leader of the Opposition said that the AGP is committed to work for social, political and economic development of all sections of people of the state and the party is chalking out a detailed programme in this regard. He asserted that the AGP has learnt its lessons from the mistakes committed when in power and such mistakes would never be repeated.

Mahanta said that the present Congress-led Government was trying to woo the people of the state with �freebees� but despite having financial constrains , during its two tenures in power, the AGP tried to improve the economic condition of all sections of people.

Hitting out at the State Government, Mahanta said that the Government failed to deliver in all fronts. The Government totally failed to protect the geographical boundaries of the state despite tall claims made by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. He said that the Government totally failed to check price rise and said that though price rise of essentials is an all India phenomenon, the other states played their part to keep the prices under control. He demanded that the State Government must improve the public distribution system (PDS) and alleged that the essential items meant for distribution through the PDS were being sold in the open market. He further alleged that the Congress �regularized� corruption in all levels of administration.

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AGP can provide an alternative: Mahanta

GUWAHATI, Sept 11 � The people of Assam want a change and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is in a position to provide a viable alternative, asserted former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who took over charge as the Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly yesterday.

Mahanta said today that the people of Assam has accepted the concept of collective leadership of the regional party and the mass awareness rallies of the party received overwhelming response so far. He admitted that in the past, internal differences caused problems for the regional party and the Congress took advantage of the situation. However, all the members of the party have realized the mistakes and now every member has vowed to work together in the interest of the state, he claimed.

The Leader of the Opposition said that the AGP is committed to work for social, political and economic development of all sections of people of the state and the party is chalking out a detailed programme in this regard. He asserted that the AGP has learnt its lessons from the mistakes committed when in power and such mistakes would never be repeated.

Mahanta said that the present Congress-led Government was trying to woo the people of the state with �freebees� but despite having financial constrains , during its two tenures in power, the AGP tried to improve the economic condition of all sections of people.

Hitting out at the State Government, Mahanta said that the Government failed to deliver in all fronts. The Government totally failed to protect the geographical boundaries of the state despite tall claims made by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. He said that the Government totally failed to check price rise and said that though price rise of essentials is an all India phenomenon, the other states played their part to keep the prices under control. He demanded that the State Government must improve the public distribution system (PDS) and alleged that the essential items meant for distribution through the PDS were being sold in the open market. He further alleged that the Congress �regularized� corruption in all levels of administration.