BARPETA, Aug 6 - The organisational position of Asom Gana Parishad in Barpeta district is far better than it is in any other part of the State. The regional party is therefore hopeful of wresting power in the ensuing Panchayat election.
This was claimed by the MLA of Barpeta constituency and president of the district committee of the party Gunindra Nath Das.
Addressing a meeting of party workers of Sarukshetri Assembly Constituency in Kawaimari Lakshmi Puja festival venue on Sunday, Das exhorted the party workers to set aside their personal interests and dedicate wholeheartedly to strengthening the party at the grassroot level.
Das claimed that the foundation of the party has become stronger day by day in the minority-dominated areas of the district and a large number of people at Chenga, Baghbar and Jania constituencies have recently joined the AGP. However, leadership from among the community, was still awaited, he observed.
Referring to the NRC updation process, Das claimed it to be a fallout of the Assam Accord signed between the leaders of the Assam Agitation and Central and State governments. It is the outcome of the supreme sacrifice of as many as 855 bravehearts of Assam.
Das emphasised on preparation of a correct NRC with inclusion of all the genuine citizens and requested the party workers to help those citizens whose names have not been figured in the draft NRC, but included in the final list.
Das opined that once the NRC becomes final, the tactics of certain politicians seeking votes in the name of protecting some section of voters will be over. He accused the Congress party MLA from Sarukshetri constituency of maligning the image of the AGP, who he claimed had pressurised some Government officials not to accord permission to hold the AGP party meeting.
Referring to the ensuing Panchayat election, the AGP leader said that his party will go it alone in the Panchayat poll, which has been made clear by the State leadership time and again. Therefore, he requested the party workers to prove their organisational strength in their respective areas.
Addressing the meeting, Chittaranjan Barman, secretary of the Barpeta district committee, and who presided over the neeting, informed that though the organisational strength of the party was better than it was two years ago, still there is a lot to be done. Other speakers like Dharmeswar Roy, Jatin Roy, Paramesh Deka and Dhanjit Deka also spoke a few words. They opposed any kind of understanding with the BJP in the forthcoming Panchayat polls. Some of them alleged that they had been deprived of Government welfare schemes and their area was still underdeveloped as they were not BJP members.