GUWAHATI, March 10 � Terming the defection of former party president Chandra Mohan Patowary a result of �personal ambition�, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president PK Mahanta today said it will not affect the regional party.
�It may be because of personal ambitions. My best wishes are with him. We were Cabinet colleagues for many years,� Mahanta told reporters here today in response to a question about Patowary's resignation from AGP and decision to join the BJP.
�Some people have left our party. Many others have joined us,� he said, adding that defection of such leaders will not impact AGP's performance in the Lok Sabha polls.
Mahanta exuded confidence that the regional party would perform well in the polls.
Meanwhile, over 200 BJP workers from Nagaon and Morigaon districts led by the saffron party�s State secretary Mridula Borkakoty, joined the AGP here today.
Speaking to reporters, Borkakoty said BJP has failed to give proper representation to women. "Even in their candidate list for Lok Sabha polls, there is only one woman candidate from BJP in Assam," she said.
Noted painter Pulak Gogoi also joined the regional party during a function at the AGP head office at Ambari.