The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), a constituent of the ruling BJP-led coalition in Assam, on Sunday mentioned that Barhampur, the standard seat of former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, was allotted to the saffron celebration this time contemplating his “successful chance” from there.
Mahanta, an MLA since 1985, received the Barhampur constituency in Nagaon district for six consecutive phrases since 1991. The seat has now gone to the BJP which chosen Jitu Goswami to contest the Meeting polls from there.
“There isn’t a conspiracy in giving Barhampur to the BJP. We thought of the successful prospect of a seat. We now have to see whether or not the NDA goes to win a seat or not,” AGP president Atul Bora mentioned at a press convention right here.
When requested if Mahanta, the founder president of the AGP, is unlikely to win Barhampur this time, Bora mentioned that the “resolution was made after a dialogue”.
The AGP chief additionally refused to say whether or not Mahanta was taken into confidence earlier than handing over the seat to the BJP.
Requested if Mahanta’s open opposition to the controversial Citizenship (Modification) Act was a motive he didn’t get the seat he’s holding for 3 many years, Bora mentioned, “That was not an element. His well being was one problem.”
Following the announcement of the Barhampur seat going to the BJP, Mahanta’s followers staged protests and a course of has gained momentum to revive the AGP-Progressive, a defunct breakaway faction of the AGP.
Sources mentioned that Mahanta has been in dialogue with the Congress management in Guwahati over becoming a member of the opposition’s Grand Alliance led by the celebration.
In addition to Barhampur, the Lakhimpur seat the place Mahanta’s confidante Utpal Dutta is MLA, and the Kamalpur constituency which was held by AGP MLA Satyabrat Kalita, had been additionally allotted to the BJP.
The saffron celebration on March 5 launched its first listing of 70 candidates for the Assam meeting polls.
The three-phased elections for the 126-member Assam meeting shall be held on March 27, April 1 and April 6.