AGP ( Asom Gana Parishad) has decided to ally with Gana Shakti and BPPF ( Bodoland People’s Progressive Front ) for the coming Assembly election in Assam 2011. Gana Shakti is led by MLA Bhuaban Pegu from Jonai constituency while BPPF is led by Rabiram Narazary.
Gana Shakti is popular in Mising dominated areas like Jonai, Dhemaji, Majuli Dhakuakhana while BPPF has following in Bodo dominated areas under BTAD (Bodoland Territorial Area Districts ).
“AGP has decided to ally with BPPF and Gana Shakti for the coming elections. It’s our effort to unite the regional groups against Congress. We have not yet decided on seat-sharing,” said AGP general secretary Hiten Goswami.
Besides, AGP has been discussing a possible alliance with Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) for the elections. “An alliance with the ASDC was discussed at the meeting but no decision has been taken yet. We will take a final call by February end,” added Goswami.
Sources in AGP said the party has been holding discussions with the United Democratic People’s Front (UDPF) for a possible understanding in the elections in the BTAD areas. Though AGP has not declared any date for releasing the next list of candidates for the assembly elections, the steering committee confirmed that the party will do so within the next week.
AGP has been routinely accused by indigenous tribes of ignoring their aspirations and many historians attribute rise of tribal alienation due to Assamese nationalistic movement spearheaded by earlier avatar of AGP.
Ganashakti has potential to influence assembly result at least in four Mising dominated constituencies. With Ganashakti supporting AGP candidate in Dhakuakhana and Dhemaji, Congress will face difficulty in retaining these two seats.