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BJP, AGP workers resent poll alliance

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 3 - Leaders of both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) are facing strong resentment from grass-root level workers of their parties over the electoral alliance and the State witnessed widespread protests from the workers of both the parties.

The workers are also not at all satisfied with the seat sharing arrangement and for the first time since its formation in 1985, the AGP will be able to contest in less than 30 seats. Moreover, the much talked about �Mission 84� of the BJP after the success of the party in the last Parliamentary polls also remained a distant dream as after the alliances, the party will not be contesting 84 seats.

However, the BJP leaders are trying to play down the resentment among the party workers and asserted that they forged the alliance to throw the Congress out of power.

BJP state unit spokesman Bijon Mahajan said that the party leaders took the decision to throw the �corrupt and nonfunctional� Congress government from power through the ballot. He expressed the view that the reaction of a �minuscule minority� of members of the party would die down as good sense would prevail over them soon.

AGP president Atul Bora also clarified that they decided to come into electoral understanding with the BJP to throw the Congress out of power.

But at the same time, several senior leaders of the AGP are openly opposing the alliance, particularly the seat sharing arrangement.

Senior AGP leader Dilip Kumar Saikia, who is also the vice president of the regional party, admitted that he was not satisfied with the alliance as the chances of transfer of votes are very small. He said that if the leaders of the party wanted an alliance with the BJP, it should have been done at least six months back, instead of waiting for the last minute.

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