GUWAHATI, April 5 - The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leadership today pledged to uphold the regional aspirations of the masses of the State, asserting that it would contest the forthcoming Panchayat polls alone.
Addressing a mammoth booth-level workers� rally at the Veterinary College playground, Khanapara, a number of senior AGP leaders including president and Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Phani Bhushan Choudhury, Brindaban Goswami, Ramendra Narayan Kalita and Javed Islam reiterated the party�s commitment to safeguard the State�s interests and asserted that there would be no compromise on regional interests.
The AGP president in his address made it clear that if necessary the party would sever its ties with the ruling BJP Government in the greater interests of the State and its people.
�We will not hesitate to break our ties with the BJP if its occasion arises. The interests of the State and its people are of paramount importance to us and there cannot be any compromise on that. We joined hands with the BJP for the sake of ousting the corrupt Congress but that does not mean that we will turn a blind eye to the BJP�s compromises on Assam�s interests,� he said.
Keshab Mahanta, while stressing the need for implementing the Assam Accord in all its aspects, said that the crucial issues of sealing of the porous Indo-Bangladesh border, deportation of illegal migrants, constitutional safeguards for the indigenous people, etc.
Kamala Kalita also spoke about contesting the Panchayat polls alone in the greater interests of the people of the State.
Prafulla Kumar Mahanta gave an account of the �achievements� under the AGP Government earlier, saying that railway expansion, starting of the Bogibeel bridge, declaration of Assam as a special category State, enhanced oil royalty, etc., were accomplished under the AGP.