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AGP first list out with seven names

Guwahati, March 12: The AGP today announced its first list of candidates for seven constituencies in the Lok Sabha elections.

The party held a meeting at its head office in Ambari here today and came out with the names of seven candidates.

Accordingly, Phani Bhushan Choudhury will fight from Barpeta, Birendra Prasad Baishya from Gauhati, Mridula Borkakoty from Nagaon, Arun Kumar Sarma from Kaliabor, Pradip Hazarika from Jorhat, Anup Phukan from Dibrugarh and Hari Prasad Dihingia from Lakhimpur.

The party will declare the list of candidates for remaining constituencies within a day or two.

Talking to reporters, party president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said they had decided to leave Diphu constituency to a local political party and talks were on for a similar understanding regarding Kokrajhar.

“We appeal to the people of Assam to vote for our candidates and thus help in strengthening regionalism and give us a chance to raise the problems of the state in Parliament,” Mahanta said.

Mahanta said unlike the MPs of other political parties their representatives were vocal in Parliament and took a strong stand in vital issues concerning the state.

“Our MPs were the most vocal against signing the treaty to hand over Assam’s land to Bangladesh. Some MPs of other political parties of the state never spoke a word in Parliament,” he said.

Mahanta said they were hopeful of winning all the seats but their main contest would be with the Congress.

The party also submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission requesting it to take initiatives so that the ruling party could not use the state machinery in its favour.

Recently, as a setback to the AGP, its former president Chandra Mohan Patowary joined the BJP.

Mahanta, without mentioning Patowary’s name, said those who joined the BJP had their own agenda and were working for their personal benefits.

“How can we stop one from leaving us and joining other party if one has his or her own agenda? After all they are not children,” Mahanta said.

Dihingia, contesting from Lakhimpur, said if elected he would try to solve the problems of flood and erosion.

“Flood has been the main cause of concern for the people of Lakhimpur. I will work to resolve that,” he said.