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Akhil meets Medha on AAP

Guwahati, Jan. 16: Anti-corruption campaigner from Assam, Akhil Gogoi, today met National Alliance for People’s Movement leader Medha Patkar following her recent announcement that the alliance would support the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party in the next general election.

The meeting assumes significance because it will impact the alliance, of which Akhil is one of the national conveners.

The alliance is an umbrella organisation of 250 social organisations from across the country.

Akhil, who heads the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, yesterday said his organisation was not yet ready to enter electoral politics.

A member of Team Anna and India against Corruption, Akhil has been spearheading campaigns against corruption, big dams and demanding land rights for the landless in Assam through the KMSS since 2005.

Medha Patkar had recently made it public that the alliance would support the AAP and she herself would soon take a decision about contesting the next general elections.

The alliance today held its national executive meeting in Delhi, where Akhil, along with other leaders of the alliance, participated.

“Many are asking us to join electoral politics but that decision has to be taken collectively. We cannot take such a major decision in haste. As of today, we are firm in our decision,” Akhil said yesterday.

On the possibility of his meeting with Kejriwal, Akhil said, “I will not meet him as a friend this time. Instead, we will submit a memorandum asking what steps have been taken to reduce power and water supply tariff in Delhi as he had promised before fighting the election.”

Sources in KMSS said after the Kejriwal-led party surprised many in its electoral debut in the New Delhi Assembly election and won 28 of the 70 seats, there was added pressure on them to join the AAP.

“As we share the same ideology with the AAP, it is time we should take a decision to contest elections. People across the country are against corruption and we have the same sentiment in our state as well,” one of the KMSS leaders said.

The Assam unit of AAP recently said it was hoping that the KMSS would take a decision before the next general election.


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