GUWAHATI, Sept 27 - The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will receive another boost as several former leaders of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) and Moran Students� Union will join the party tomorrow. A number of student leaders of several colleges of the State will also join the party at a function to be held at 11 am tomorrow.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, the president of the State unit of the BJP, Siddhartha Bhattacharya said that the BJP would be getting a major boost as former AASU president Sankar Prasad Roy and former general secretary of the organisation, Tapan Kumar Gogoi would be among those who would be joining the party tomorrow.
Bhattacharya said that both Roy and Gogoi have sound knowledge of running an organisation, which would be of immense help to the BJP in the days to come. He said that ideologically also, the former AASU leaders would be of great help to the BJP. He pointed out that the BJP is a party which has a nationalistic view with regional aspirations. The former AASU leaders would strongly represent the regional aspirations. He said that when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had always talked about development of his own state. �After the former leaders of the AASU and Moran Students� Union join the BJP, the party would have a greater representation of regional aspirations,� he added.
Replying to a question on whether the former AASU members were promised party ticket to contest the 2016 Assembly polls, Bhattacharya asserted that the BJP never made such promises to anyone. He said that any Indian national who follows the ideals and constitution of the BJP can join the party. After joining the party, they become eligible like any other BJP member to seek party ticket to contest the polls. But the former AASU leaders never gave any pre-condition, he said.
Meanwhile, Sankar Prasad Roy and Tapan Kumar Gogoi today formally resigned from the AASU. Roy told The Assam Tribune that after quitting AASU, he needed a platform to work for the people and that is why he decided to join the BJP.
Roy and Gogoi were president and general secretary respectively of the AASU for ten years, i.e., from 2005 till date.