GUWAHATI, Feb 18 - The State BJP is against renewal of alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and this view was conveyed to the saffron party�s national president Amit Shah during his Assam visit yesterday by the party�s State leadership.
Sources in the State BJP said that Shah was informed about the prevailing opinion within the party in Assam on the issue.
�Our workers do not want to renew the alliance with the AGP after all the things that took place during recent times between the two parties. Our State unit is against alliance, including for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. This was conveyed to Shah during his visit to Assam yesterday,� said a senior State BJP leader.
�However, Shah did not give any opinion on the matter. Ultimately, it is up to our party�s central leadership to take a final decision on the issue,� he said, adding, Assam BJP leaders, however, told Shah that the party should continue its existing alliance with the BPF, Sanmilita Ganashakti, Rabha Hasong Joutha Sangram Samiti and Tiwa Jatiya Aikya Mancha.
The BJP and AGP had entered into an alliance in the run-up to the 2016 Assembly elections in Assam. However, the relationship between the two parties deteriorated in recent months due to their difference on the issue of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The AGP had snapped ties with the BJP in early January and all three members of the regional party in the Sarbananda Sonowal government had resigned from the ministry. However, the Chief Minister is yet to forward the resignation letters to the Governor.