GUWAHATI, March 17 � Undaunted by the internal squabbles, desertion by several stalwarts and the tall claims of the ruling Congress, the regional Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) today claimed that its candidates would be victorious in most of the Lok Sabha seats of the State.
AGP working president Atul Bora told this newspaper that their party would field candidates for 13 Lok Sabha seats, leaving only the Diphu seat for a local party. The candidates fielded for the eight Lok Sabha seats, and, those going to be nominated for the remaining five seats by the party are strong enough. Hence, it is expected that in most of the constituencies the party candidates would win the elections, Bora said.
It needs mention here that the AGP has named former Union Minister Birendra Prasad Baishya as its candidate for the Guwahati Lok Sabha seat. For the Barpeta Lok Sabha seat, it has named AGP Legislature Party Leader Phani Bhusan Choudhury as its candidate.
For the Kaliabor Lok Sabha seat, former MP Dr Arun Sarma has been named as the party candidate, while for the Nagaon seat it has named Mridula Barkakoty as its nominee.
For the Dibrugarh Lok Sabha seat, the regional party has named former Tingkhong MLA Anup Phukan as its candidate. The party has named former Minister Pradip Hazarika as its candidate for the Jorhat Lok Sabha seat. For the Lakhimpur Lok Sabha seat, the party has named Hariprasad Dihingia. For the Tezpur Lok Sabha seat, it has named former MP Joseph Toppo as its nominee.
The party is expected to announce shortly the names of its nominees for the remaining five Lok Sabha seats.