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AGP workers protest tie-up with BJP

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 5 - Annoyed with the seat sharing arrangement between the AGP and the BJP for the coming Assembly elections, AGP workers from several constituencies staged a protest demonstration at the Ambari-based AGP office here today.

The agitated workers shouted slogans against the central leadership of the party, including party president Atul Bora and former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.

Arguing that there was no point compromising on the seats of the sitting MLAs, the protesters alleged that the deal was made keeping the personal interests of the party leaders in mind, and that it would reduce the party to an unimportant junior partner and weaken its standing.

The AGP workers were also annoyed at not finding any senior party leader in the office to address their grievances. They threatened to field Independent candidates if the party continues with the alliance.

Meanwhile, Biswanath MLA Prabin Hazarika and Kalaigaon MLA Mukunda Ram Choudhury, who came to the party office today, informed media persons that a day�s time has been given to the central leadership of the party to make their stand clear on whether it was going to reclaim the seats of the sitting MLAs in the alliance.

Workers from Rangiya, Goalpara, Nalbari, Biswanath, Sootea, Kalaigaon, Hajo, Nazira, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Sadiya, Bongaigaon and several other places took part in the demonstration.

Blaming party leaders Phani Bhushan Choudhury and Ramen Kalita for depriving them, the protesters from Goalpara alleged that all the four constituencies of Goalpara have been taken away from the party.

Representatives of AGP�s youth wing Asom Yuba Parishad (AYP) also gathered at the Ambari office. AYP president Sunil Rajkonwar told media persons that considering the displeasure among party workers, it has become necessary to find a way out. �As several groups are also planning to field Independent candidates, the party leaders must come clear on the issue by tomorrow,� he added.

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