GUWAHATI, Oct 31 - NDA constituent Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) today announced major amendments to the party constitution as well as formation of a new students� front as the party seeks to consolidate its base in the run-up to the 2021 Assam Legislative Assembly elections.
A general council meeting of the regional party was held at its Ambari head-office here where these two major decisions were taken. The meeting was held with AGP president and Agriculture Minister Atul Bora in the chair and attended by senior party leaders and other office-bearers.
Briefing the media after the meeting, AGP working president and Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta said that this is the biggest and most wide-ranging series of amendments to the party�s constitution since its foundation in 1985.
�We have given more emphasis on strengthening the lower tiers of the party. With a revamped organisational base, we will contest the future elections with renewed vigour and strength,� he said.
The number of office-bearers at the central level has been increased.
�Earlier the representation to the central committee used to come from the block level. Henceforth, it will come from the Assembly constituency level,� Mahanta said.
He added that the Assembly constituency level committees named �Vidhan Parishad�, would have the maximum power and work to ramp up the party�s organisational strength at that tier.
Nomenclatures of party committees at other tiers have also been changed.
AGP will also focus more on use of information technology (IT) to reach out to the masses in the coming days.
The party will also for the time ever constitute its own students� wing. �Today we have taken the formal decision to form our own student front. The aim is to imbibe the ideals of regionalism in our youngsters from the student phase of life itself,� said Mahanta.
He added that the AGP�s student wing would maintain proper coordination with AASU, AJYCP and other regional non-political student organisations.
The student wing will soon be formally constituted.
Meanwhile, a delegation of AGP leaders will tomorrow meet the high-level committee formed to implement Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord. The AGP delegation will submit its views to the committee during the meeting.