With the conclusion of recent GMC ( Guwahati Municipal Corporation) election for 31 Councillors and 90 area sabha members, there is question mark of survival of regionalism in Assam. AGP ( Asom Gana Porshad), a product of six year Assam Agitation against illegal Bangladeshi Immigrants from 1979 to 1985, has won just one Councillors and two area sabha members.
Congress has got majority by winning 19 Councillors and 50 Area Sabha Members while BJP ( Bharatiya Janata Party) won 11 councilors.
After a day of the result of GMC election declared, many stalwarts from AGP resigned from party posts which include Ramendra Narayan Kalita, General Secretary and senior AGP leader and former minister Atul Bora (senior), member of executive and steering committee Birendra Prasad Baishya, Nazira’s Nitumoni Dutta; Guwahati’s Chandra Prasad Sarma; Jorhat’s Jitendra Nath Goswami; Nagaon’s Pitambor Saikia; Tinsukia’s Monoranjan Sarma; and Tamulpur’s Lohit Upreti.
Decay of AGP started in last assembly election when AGP could manage to win just 10 seats. This was he worst performance by the party which ruled Assam for two terms.
With this, most probably, regionalism in Assam id now almost doomed as BJP is emerging as alternative to Congress in Assam, if GMC election is any indication. BJP had lost many seats by small margins and were at second position in many seats.
While, it may be too early to write epitaph for AGP based on GMC election, where rich Assamese people and many traders, non-Assamese speaking people live, but it surely shows lack of enthusiasm among AGP workers.