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AGP rural poll move

At the rally, Mahanta dwelt on pressing issues of price rise, corruption, “insecurity” of Indian citizens under the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government, which he alleged was misguiding youths.

“The Assam government is spreading gossip about development. The Congress always practises divide-and-rule policy. Earlier, it did politics in the name of hills and plains people and now it is doing politics in the name of Upper and lower Assam,” he said.

Mahanta also said the AGP would honour the March 24, 1971 cut-off date for deporting foreigners as incorporated in the 1985 Assam Accord.

Those who have come after this date, irrespective of their religion, would be deported, he said, adding that the party would continue to oppose the Indo-Bangladesh land-swap deal.

Mahanta’s predecessor Chandra Mohan Patowary and incumbent working president Atul Bora also slammed the Gogoi government while asserting that the AGP was united.

“The Congress returned to power for the third term in 2011 by highlighting the secret killings issue. The Congress government even promised to arrest the secret killers. But so far it has failed to do so. Chief minister Gogoi recently expressed helplessness in this regard. The government has also made light of the foreigners problem,” Patowary said.