GUWAHATI, March 19 - The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies today exuded confidence about winning the coming State Assembly polls, and urged their workers to have faith in the party decision and make possible the �vote transfer� as arranged.
From a common platform, BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal, AGP president Atul Bora and BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary today announced that they were ready to resolve any minor issues within the parties amicably in the greater interest of the State, its people and the new alliance as well.
Since the Asom Gana Parishad has entered into an alliance with BJP, there have been protests and dissident activities in both the parties. Apart from the workers� protests, several leaders have also expressed displeasure over the seat-sharing arrangements.
�We have united to defeat the Congress and the AIUDF and are ready to resolve our problems mutually, as the greater interest of Assam is above everything else. We are very confident that the people of the Brahmaputra and the Barak Valley would vote for change this time and oust the corrupt Congress,� said Sonowal addressing the media.
He said that with the help of AGP, BPF, Rabha and Tiwa groups and with a sure-shot public support, the BJP would form the government to address all the burning issues of the State that were left unaddressed in the 15 years of the Congress rule.
He said the Congress and the AIUDF were the two sides of the same coin who merely pretend to be at loggerheads at times.
Atul Bora, while acknowledging the resentment among some party workers, said those associated with the party since long must have faith in the decisions that have been taken for a greater good. �We hope every worker would extend cooperation in the vote transfer as has been arranged in the alliance. Those AGP members planning an independent contest should also reconsider it in the interest of the regional party,� Bora said.
In the sidelines of the conference, Bora, however, confirmed friendly contests in six constituencies, including Naoboisa, Mahmora, Hajo, Algapur, Kalaigaon and West Goalpara. AGP also reiterated its stand of total implementation of the Assam Accord.
BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary directly blamed the Congress for the lack of development in the BTAD.
�We did not receive the necessary support from the Congress to work the way we wanted to. We now know that if we need development, we need BJP,� he stated.
Meanwhile, on the issue of supporting the BPF-backed Rajya Sabha candidate Mahavir Jain, the other two political parties of the alliance did not make their stand clear at the press meet.