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Another front will hit regionalism: AGP

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 31 � Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president Chandra Mohan Patowary today made an appeal to all supporters of regionalism to join the AGP and to strengthen it. He was reacting to the reports of a move made by some former Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), AGP, Trinamool Congress (TC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to form a new political party as an alternative to Congress and BJP.

Patowary, who was talking to The Assam Tribune, said that a new regional party would weaken the regional camp in the State and instead of troubling the Congress, it would rather benefit the ruling party in the long run.

"We want the supporters of regionalism to join the AGP and strengthen it. It should be remembered that this party was formed by the State's people in 1985, registering their protest against the continuous exploitation of the State by the country's mainland political parties.

"People of the State are still hopeful that the AGP would be able to fulfill their aspirations," said the AGP president.

AGP general secretary Hiten Goswami observed that to dethrone the Congress from power in the State the people in the regional camp should unite. Or else, it is most likely that the Congress would benefit from the division in this camp.

Goswami told The Assam Tribune that those who have been leading the move to form a new political party should have tried to point out, through dialogues, the issues that need to be taken up by the existing regional political parties.

In case the existing parties demonstrate indifference to take up the issues pointed out by these leaders, only then it would have been justified for them to initiate the move that they have now made.

However, he maintained, it is everybody's right in a democratic country to go for his or her own party. He also stated that if the people involved in the present move to form a new political platform go for some issue-based activities, then it would be a different matter.

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Another front will hit regionalism: AGP

GUWAHATI, Oct 31 � Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president Chandra Mohan Patowary today made an appeal to all supporters of regionalism to join the AGP and to strengthen it. He was reacting to the reports of a move made by some former Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), AGP, Trinamool Congress (TC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to form a new political party as an alternative to Congress and BJP.

Patowary, who was talking to The Assam Tribune, said that a new regional party would weaken the regional camp in the State and instead of troubling the Congress, it would rather benefit the ruling party in the long run.

"We want the supporters of regionalism to join the AGP and strengthen it. It should be remembered that this party was formed by the State's people in 1985, registering their protest against the continuous exploitation of the State by the country's mainland political parties.

"People of the State are still hopeful that the AGP would be able to fulfill their aspirations," said the AGP president.

AGP general secretary Hiten Goswami observed that to dethrone the Congress from power in the State the people in the regional camp should unite. Or else, it is most likely that the Congress would benefit from the division in this camp.

Goswami told The Assam Tribune that those who have been leading the move to form a new political party should have tried to point out, through dialogues, the issues that need to be taken up by the existing regional political parties.

In case the existing parties demonstrate indifference to take up the issues pointed out by these leaders, only then it would have been justified for them to initiate the move that they have now made.

However, he maintained, it is everybody's right in a democratic country to go for his or her own party. He also stated that if the people involved in the present move to form a new political platform go for some issue-based activities, then it would be a different matter.