Guwahati: Assam’s main Opposition party, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) which has entered into a seat-sharing agreement with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state,on Monday announced the list of six candidates for the Lok Sabha elections.
It includes sitting MPs Sarbananda Sonowal (Dibrugarh) and Arun Kumar Sarma (Lakhimpur) besides Sonowal from Dibrugarh seat, Sarma from Lakhimpur constituency, Joseph Toppo (Tezpur), Bhupen Ray (Barpeta), Gunin Hazarika (Koliabor) and Sabda Rabha from Kokrajhar constituency.
AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary said its seat-sharing understanding with the BJP was to prevent the Congress from forming the next government at the Centre.
“The AGP is not a partner of NDA and has not forged an alliance with the BJP. It is only a seat-sharing understanding to defeat the Congress unitedly.
“We told BJP that NDA has to form government in Delhi with the BJP playing the big brother’s role, while in the Assam assembly polls, we will play the big brother’s role,” Patowary said.
Admitting that the AGP-BJP alliance in 2001 in the state was not successful as “it was not at the grass-root level”, he said, “this time it is at the grass-root level and the process of vote transfer has already started. The people of Assam this time will give a fitting reply to the Congress.”
Patowary said the 2001 alliance did not work out as the AGP had split twice which worked to the advantage of Congress which won.
He accused the Congress and chief minister Tarun Gogoi of making “cheap remarks against the AGP for its understanding with the BJP”.
“Why the Congress, which claims to be a secular party, is having an alliance with the Indian Union Muslim League in Kerala.
“I challenge the Congress to form the government in Delhi and here without the support of regional parties. The 120-year-old party has lost its propriety and it is unfortunate for democracy,” he alleged.