Regional party contemplating to strengthen its student wing
R Dutta Choudhury
GUWAHATI, April 13: The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is planning to bring in young blood and to strengthen its students’ wing in the days to come. The party is also in favour of the National Democratic Front (NDA) coming up with a common minimum programme.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, AGP president Atul Bora said that the BJP -led alliance is confident of retaining power. He said that the AGP is also hoping to improve its performance as it received positive response from the people in the constituencies where it contested the polls. In the last assembly polls, the AGP won 14 seats and Bora said that the response that the party received from the people is better than the last elections.
Bora said that the new regional parties, Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and Raijor Dal have not affected the electoral prospects of the AGP. “We received overwhelming response from the people of all walks of life and youths in large numbers joined the AGP, which is a positive development,” he added.
Bora said that the students’ wing of the AGP, formed in 2019, won the elections of several colleges and in the days to come, efforts would be made to strengthen the wing. No party can survive without infusing new blood and efforts are on to bring in more and more youths to the AGP, he added.
Bora refused to be drawn into the controversy regarding the Chief Ministerial candidate of the BJP-led alliance and said that as the big brother, it is the responsibility of the BJP to select the CM candidate. He said so far the BJP has not sought the opinion of the AGP in this regard.
The BJP did not announce the name of its Chief Ministerial candidate before the elections this time and the leaders of the party have only been saying that the decision in this regard would be taken by the Parliamentary Board of the party at “appropriate time.”
On the allegations made by the opposition that the BJP- led alliance would try to indulge in horse trading, Bora said that he has not heard about any such attempt by any party. “But the allegations proved that the opposition parties do not have faith on their own people,” he add