| AGP president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta at the meeting at Rabindra Bhawan in Guwahati on Friday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Aug. 30: The faction-ridden Asom Gana Pari-shad (AGP) today called for unity among partymen to ensure improved performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The party workers were asked to remain united and work towards improving the party’s tally in the 2014 general elections during a general council meeting of the regional party held at Rabindra Bhawan here today.
An AGP source said during the meeting, the party rank and file was called upon to brush aside their differences and work towards improving its performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, which will be very crucial for the future of the party. The AGP had suffered successive defeats in the last few elections.
In the last Lok Sabha elections, the party won only one seat out 14 in the state. Infighting in the party, which is divided into pro and anti-Prafulla Kumar Mahanta camps, is believed be one of the reasons for the electoral debacles.
The meeting also authorised party president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta to hold discussions with the members who had resigned from their posts in the wake of the poor show in the Guwhati Municipal Corporation (GMC) polls.
“The party president has been entrusted with the responsibility of convincing them to withdraw their resignations,” the source said, adding that those party workers who had already withdrawn their resignations were thanked during the meeting.
There was a resignation spree in the regional party following its dismal performance in the recently held civic polls.
A resolution was also adopted to not tolerate any indiscipline in the party and to take appropriate action against those who indulged in anti-party activities.
“Some leaders are making allegations against the party leadership in the media instead of raising the grievanc-es in the party forum, which is harming the party. Today’s meeting took strong exception to this and decided to take disciplinary action against those leaders,” the source said.
Leaders of various frontal wings of the party also expressed concern over the ongoing crisis in the party and urged everybody to work unitedly to end the crisis.
The meeting also adopted resolutions seeking total implementation of the Assam Accord, the Centre’s intervention to stop rhino poaching in the state and granting of ST status to six ethnic communities of the state, among others.
A five-member committee headed by senior party leader Kamala Kalita was also constituted to study the Rabha-Hasong problem and submit a report on the issue.