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AGP plays regional card

Bongaigaon, April 20: AGP president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today said only MPs from the regional party raised the issues of Assam in Parliament and they had done so in the past without any compromise.

Mahanta addressed an election rally here today at Gandhimaidan in support of the party’s Barpeta Lok Sabha candidate, Phani Bhusan Choudhury. “The AGP belongs to the people of Assam, hence, it always favours the cause of the people living here and thinks for the welfare of the state.”

“Choudhury, a six-time sitting legislator from Bongaigaon Assembly segment, is an honest leader, so the people of Bongaigaon should vote for him,” Mahanta said in his 15-minute speech.

He said voters from all the sections should vote for the AGP as the party was contesting the polls without any alliance and maintaining its secular nature.

In the last Lok Sabha polls, the party did not get full support of the voters because of its alliance with the BJP, so this time the party is hopeful that it would get support from the religious minority communities, he added.

Criticising the Congress, Mahanta said chief minister Tarun Gogoi in connivance with the Centre had handed over a huge portion of Assam land to Bangladesh without discussing in the Assembly.

Mahanta today reached Bongaigaon at 11.30am along with party leaders — Atul Bora, Brindaban Goswami and Keshab Mahanta.