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No headway in poll pact: AGP

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 22 - Till date, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has been underlining the need to prepare its own camp for going it alone in the ensuing Assembly elections in the State since there is no satisfactory proposal from national political parties like the BJP, Congress, CPI or the CPI-M for an electoral alliance.

Talking to this newspaper, AGP general secretary Dr Kamala Kalita made it clear that none of the authorised leaders of the BJP or Congress has come up with any concrete proposal for such an alliance with the AGP.

On the other hand, the AGP has also not approached any of these political parties with a concrete proposal for such an alliance due to issues connected with ideological commitments, Kalita added.

He said there might be some discussions held by some of the AGP leaders with some leaders of the BJP and Congress in their individual capacities. But such discussions were held without the formal approval of the proper party forum, Kalita pointed out.

On the issue of former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who is also a senior leader of the party, holding discussions with senior Supreme Court advocate Ram Jethmalani and expert electioneer Prasant Kishore at the

residence of Jethmalani in New Delhi some time back, Kalita said that Mahanta went there at Jethmalani�s invitation.

Jethmalani, who is an old friend of Mahanta, also invited Prasant Kishore on that day to his house. But during the discussion, Mahanta told both Jethmalani and Kishore that a Bihar-like �grand alliance� formula was not applicable in Assam, Kalita said.

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