GUWAHATI, Jan 31 � Asserting that the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) would oust the �corrupt and arrogant� Congress Government, AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary today said that the party would strive for securing the mandate of ethnic nationalist organizations ahead of the assembly polls.
�As a regional party we are for uniting the indigenous populace under a common platform in our bid to oust the corrupt and arrogant Congress. We have already had parleys with several ethnic organizations and will have further deliberations with some more. We will form an alternative Government this time, as the people want a change,� Patowary said, adding that the AGP would garner the support of nationalist Chutiya, Tai-Ahom, Rabha, Deori, Moran, Muttock and Garo organizations, among others.
Patowary also ruled out any division or dissent among the party leadership, saying that the AGP was a united house with all its leaders and rank and file unanimous on the single-most important agenda of strengthening regionalism and defeating the Congress.
�There is absolutely no division in the party and we are a united lot in our mission of boosting regionalism and dethroning the Congress from power,� he said.
Patowary also dismissed as baseless media reports that its leader Sarbananda Sonowal was on the verge of quitting the party to join the BJP. �Sonowal is an important leader for the AGP and he has not mentioned anything about leaving the party. The party has been projecting him as an important leader all along, and I believe he will not do anything that can undermine the interests of regionalism,� he said.
On possible poll alliances, the party president said that it was open to understandings or alliances only with regional forces. �We will have alliances only with regional parties and have not thought about having any truck with any national parties so far,� adding that it regarded the AIUDF, too, is a national-level party.
Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said that it was high time the Congress was ousted from power because it was doing nothing to check unabated corruption but rather was trying to cover up its misdeeds.
�Corruption gained unprecedented dimensions during the Congress rule, weakening the economy and making the common people suffer. As a patron of corruption, it is also behaving in a highhanded manner,� Mahanta said.
Mahanta said that every day some new scam was surfacing and the Chief Minister was resorting to falsehood to brush things under the carpet. Referring to the Government�s handing over of a few cases to the CBI for probe in connection with the NC Hills scam, he said that it was a clear backtracking by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on his earlier assertion that all the departments would be brought under the inquiry�s purview.
�It has been proved that the Chief Minister has been resorting to falsehood and hoodwinking the people on the very serious issue of widespread corruption in NC Hills,� Mahanta said.