GUWAHATI: After weeks of negotiations over seat sharing and amidst strong opposition from grassroots level workers of both parties, BJP and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Tuesday agreed to fight the coming assembly election in Assam in alliance. BJP had earlier sealed an alliance with Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) in January.BJP had first allied with AGP in 2001 election, which proved to be disastrous as AGP was ousted by Congress.
State BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal said, "Leaders of both BJP and AGP held a meeting at the residence of BJP national president Amit Shah ji in New Delhi and we have decided to fight the coming election jointly with AGP in the greater interest of the people of the state and for progress and development of Assam."


But, the two parties have stayed away from declaring the seat sharing formula fearing backlash from workers from both parties. AGP president Atul Bora said, "We have agreed to fight the election together in an alliance but we are yet to discuss the seat sharing formula."

Hundreds of AGPO and BJP party workers have gone on the rampage at different places, burning down offices of their respective parties and shouting slogans against leaders of their respective parties.

The regional party, which was in power twice in the past, had earlier declared not to have any truck with BJP following pressure from the party workers. AGP leadership had said that because the seats offered to it by BJP were far less than what they wanted, they have decided not to have the alliance.

But, within the last couple of weeks BJP continued to show interest in the alliance and Shah invited AGP leaders to New Delhi on Tuesday. On Wednesday Sonowal himself accompanied former CM and AGP's founding president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta to Shah's residence after which the alliance deal was sealed.





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