GUWAHATI, Nov 27 � The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has chalked out a month-long plan to reach out to the people all over the State to expose the �failures� of the Congress led Government as a part of its preparations for the Panchayat polls scheduled to be held in the last part of January.
AGP president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta told The Assam Tribune today that as a part of the programme, public rallies would be held in all the district headquarters of the State, which would culminate with a mass rally in Guwahati on December 24. Apart of the mass rallies, the party workers are holding workshops in the grass root level.
Mahanta said that the AGP would highlight issues like corruption in implementation of rural development schemes and in other departments of the Government, deterioration of the law and order situation, failure of the Government to submit utilization certificates of the funds provided by the Government of India, price rise of essential commodities, problems faced by the farmers of the state, problem of infiltration of foreigners etc in the public meetings.
The AGP president said that the party is gearing up to face the Panchayat polls and the party has decided to face the polls alone. However, the grass root level committees of the party have been allowed to go for local level alliances if necessary. He alleged that in the last Panchayat polls, some officers of the Government directly worked in favour of the Congress and the AGP has already requested the State Election Commission to ensure free and fair polls. He warned that if the Commission fails to ensure free and fair polls, the people would lose faith on the Panchayat system.
On the allegations that during its tenure in power, the AGP led Government failed to take any effective step for dealing with the problem of infiltration of foreigners, Mahanta said that at that time the State Government did not get any assistance and cooperation from the Government of India in this regard , while, the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act also posed hurdles in the way of detection and deportation of foreigners. Despite repeated requests, the Centre did not repeal the IMDT Act and even the BJP led Government did not act on the requests of the State, he added.