Completing two months long parting away period over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have again joined hands in Assam, along with Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), to fight scheduled Lok Sabha election as allies.
“After a prolonged discussion with senior AGP leaders, we decided to work together for the Lok Sabha election in Assam to defeat Congress,” announced senior BJP leader Ram Madhav. “The Bodoland People’s Front will be the third partner in the alliance.
On Tuesday an indication came from BJP’s spokesperson Jayanta Malla, as he said that the renewal of the ties with AGP would be on the condition that it accepted the BJP’s stand on the Bill.
Then the renewal of the alliance followed announcements by both BJP president Amit Shah and Assam Minister Himanta Bishwa Sharma that the BJP would bring back the Bill if re-elected.
Atul Bora, President of AGP confirmed the news and said that they have renewed their ties on the request of central BJP leadership.
Seat sharing details will be announced later. Bora also claims that he and two other ministers of his party, who resigned from the Sarbananda Sonowal government over differences, will resume charge soon.
Contesting upcoming Lok Sabha election as a BJP ally would compromise the party’s stand on the Bill. A section of the AGP, led by former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, had opposed the idea of allying with BJP.