Partners in the ruling coalition in Assam, the BJP and regional Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) are going all out to run each other down during panchayat poll campaign after both the parties had decided to contest the two-phase election separately.
Addressing a press conference at district BJP party office here on Monday, BJP state spokesperson Subash Dutta, alleged that there was a covert understanding between the AGP and the Congress in the panchayat election that is being held in two phases on December 5 and 9.
“In some of the Gaon Panchayat seats Congress has not fielded their candidates because they want to facilitate win for AGP candidates in those seats as per the secret understanding between the two parties. Both the parties have entered into an unholy alliance to fight the BJP, ” said the BJP spokesperson.
The BJP spokesperson came down heavily on the AGP leaders for criticising Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and other ministers during panchayat poll rallies. “We will not tolerate any more if the AGP leaders continue criticising the Chief Minister and other ministers of the BJP-led Assam government for narrow political gain in the election,” Dutta said.
Taking a dig at former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, the BJP spokesman said “Mahanta has been busy criticising BJP leader Chandra Mohan Patowary these days. But what had he done for the people of Assam while he was chief minister of the state for two terms ?”
“The BJP believes in democratic character of the Constitution that’s why a Joint Parliamentary Committee was formed to take consensus from various parties, organisations and individuals on the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a statement, AGP spokesperson Manoj Saikia termed ‘unfortunate and misleading’ the statement made by Chief Minister Sonowal accusing the AGP of having understanding with Congress . He alleged that BJP was now functioning in the same style as that of the Congress.