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Prepared to go it alone, says AGP

- BJP keeps regional party guessing about tie-up

Guwahati, March 7: The AGP is preparing to go it alone in Lok Sabha polls after it failed to get any response from the BJP on its proposal for an alliance so far.

AGP working president Atul Bora told The Telegraph today that they have begun preparations to contest the general elections on their own as they were yet to get a response from the BJP.

“Moreover, we have also seen that the state unit of the BJP has taken a stand against an alliance with us,” he said.

An AGP delegation, led by Bora, met BJP central leaders in New Delhi a few weeks ago and proposed an alliance in Assam to prevent division of the non-Congress votes. “We had taken the initiative in order to ensure that the non-Congress votes do not split and the Congress does not get a walkover. But at the same time we are also aware that an alliance cannot be a one-sided affair and therefore we have started preparations to go it alone in the polls,” he said.

Bora said the party had almost finalised its candidates for the general elections and the list would be announced soon.

A BJP insider said the party’s central election committee would take a final call on the alliance with the AGP at its meeting in New Delhi tomorrow.

The names of party candidates for Assam are also likely to be finalised at the tomorrow’s meeting, the source added.

Though the BJP Assam unit is against any tie-up with the AGP, some of its central leaders are considering the option in order to deny the Congress any advantage because of the division of non-Congress votes in the state.

The state unit of BJP, however, had adopted a resolution against an alliance with any party in the general elections at a meeting of the state executive members and office-bearers in Guwahati on December 3.

In another development, senior AGP leader Chandra Mohan Patowary today held discussions with his supporters in Dharmapur Assembly constituency in Nalbari on his future course of action in politics.

Patowary sought the views of his supporters on what should be his next move amidst speculations that he might quit the party to join the BJP.

Patowary, however, maintained that he was still an AGP member and refused to divulge whether he was going to join the BJP or not.