Guwahati/Dibrugarh: Protests erupted again in the state following the declaration of a poll alliance between BJP and AGP in New Delhi on Thursday. Several district-level leaders of the two partners threatened to field independent candidates across the state.Angry at the BJP's decision to allot West Guwahati to the AGP, party workers said they would field their own candidate for the seat. "The people of West Guwahati are already fed up with the Congress. We are also not happy with AGP's Ramendra Narayan Kalita. We wanted somebody new here. We will not allow the alliance to succeed," said Bhupen Das, a BJP worker.
BJP activists at Bongaigaon and Abhayapuri have decided not to work for the party. "Even if the party expels us, we will never support the alliance," added another BJP leader.
Hundreds of AGP supporters from seven assembly constituencies in Dibrugarh district - Dibrugarh, Moran, Lahowal, Chabua, Naharkatia, Tingkhong and Duliajan - gathered at the party office in Dibrugarh to voice their protest against the alliance.
Party workers carrying placards and banners raised slogans against their leaders and demanded their resignation.

"Ninety-nine percent members in our party were against the alliance. Our leaders have ignored our sentiments to fulfill their narrow interests. If the alliance is not called off, we will put up our own candidates against party nominees. On March 5, we have called a general body meeting in Dibrugarh where a final decision will be taken in this regard," said AGP Dibrugarh district president Punakon Baruah.

Terming the alliance a political 'hara-kiri', Asom Yuva Parishad president Sunil Rajkonwar said the party has not yet learnt its lessons from its past seat-sharing experiences with the saffron party.

"In the past, the party had benefitted little from the tie-up with the BJP. This time, we were quite confident of putting up a better performance on our own. If we fight alone, our regional identity will also remain intact. Moreover, both BJP and Congress have lost the trust of the people," he said.

AGP workers also staged a protest at Baihata Chariali opposing the alliance.