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Patowary tried to weaken party: AGP

Guwahati, March 19: The AGP today hit out at Chandra Mohan Patowary accusing him of conspiring to weaken the party during his tenure as party president.

“During his tenure at the helm, the number of AGP legislators came down from 24 in 2006 to 10 in 2011. This happened because he had worked against the party’s interests in order to fulfil his personal ambitions,” AGP general secretary Durga Das Boro said.

Patowary had quit the AGP to join the BJP last week and will be contesting Lok Sabha polls from Barpeta.

“This is not the first time he had resigned from the party. In the past too, he had quit the AGP to form a new party,” Boro said.

He alleged that Patowary was camping in New Delhi for the past couple of months holding negotiations with the BJP to prepare a blueprint to weaken the AGP so he can secure his political career by becoming an MP.

Though Patowary claimed he was holding talks with the BJP leaders in New Delhi on behalf of the AGP to forge an alliance, Boro today said he was misleading the people since the party never authorised him to do so.

“The party had entrusted working president Atul Bora and MLA Keshab Mahanta to negotiate with the BJP. Whatever Patowary was doing, was for his own personal interests,” he said.

Yesterday, Patowary said he spoke to BJP president Rajnath Singh after Atul Bora asked him to initiate talks for the alliance. According to Patowary, AGP president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta later told him he did not have any authority to negotiate an alliance.

Patowary also claimed that the AGP did not have the desired seriousness for an alliance though the BJP was very serious about the tie-up.

Durga Das Boro today attacked Patowary by describing him as an opportunist leader who lacks ideologies and principles.

“Throughout his life, he spoke of regionalism and now he has sacrificed his principles to join an all-India party to become an MP,” he said.

Another AGP general secretary, Kamala Kalita, alleged the BJP has a secret understanding with the Congress owing to which BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal is contesting from Lakhimpur instead of Dibrugarh, from where he was earlier elected to Parliament on an AGP ticket.