The newly floated Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP), as part of its move to unite all regional political forces, on Sunday reached a consensus with the Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) to unitedly contest the forthcoming Legislative Assembly election.

As part of the consensus, the ASDC will field candidates in five seats– Howraghat, Bokajan, Diphu, Baithalangso and Haflong Legislative Assembly Constituencies with the support of the AJP.

Leaders of both the parties addressed a joint press conference at the AJP head office at Ambari and made the announcement.

“Today, we have come into a consensus to unitedly contest the next Legislative Assembly election, so that we will be able to defeat both the BJP and the Congress in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao regions. Our aim is to stop the invasion of national political forces in this land,” ASDC president Chandrakanta Terang said.

He said  the aim of the consensus was not to contest the election but to work unitedly for the cause and interests of the Assamese people. He also spoke about ensuring the rights of non-Karbi people residing in Karbi Anglong through this consensus.

AJP coordinator Adip Phukan said the party will finalise the strategy to move forward with the alliance when the AJP gets full-fledged shape.

“The AJP is working to come into a consensus with all tribal political forces of Assam to form a grand alliance of regional political forces,” Phukan said.

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