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AGP breakaway mulls 'third front'

Guwahati: The Anchalikatabadi Asom Gana Parishad (AAGP), an offshoot of the AGP, on Tuesday rued "disappearance of regionalism" in state polity and promised to provide a "third front " in the state.

"We will emerge as a strong party and provide an alternative third front in the next election," AAGP president Sunil Rajkonwar said at a news conference.

The AAGP slammed the AGP for allegedly selling itself out to the BJP and remaining "silent" on issues such as rehabilitation of illegal Bangladeshis in Assam.

The BJP came under fire "for not fulfilling the aspirations of people" and reneging on promises made before the elections.

Rajkonwar said: "The AGP leadership has weakened the party by joining hands with the BJP which is a communal party. The BJP government in the state has not done anything for the people. It has spent only 17 per cent for welfare and 22 per cent for salaries while 60 per cent funds lie unutilised. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a professionally-trained talker. He talks about Act East policy, but has not achieved anything in reality. The benefits coming to the state have been withdrawn.

"The North East Industrial Investment Policy (NEIIP) has been abandoned, pushing many local industries towards closure. The state government wants to take kickbacks by commissioning new industries while the existing ones are not being revived. The paper mills in Cachar and Nagaon are going to be handed over to private parties in public-private partnership (PPP) mode. The oil fields are going to be privatised. It means selling out our natural resources. The special status of states in the region is being withdrawn. Establishment of industries by outside corporate houses will enslave people."

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