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Ignoring opposition, AGP ties up with BJP in Assam

IANS  |  Guwahati 

Despite opposition from its grassroots workers, the (AGP) has decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections in together with the and the Peoples' Front (BPF).

The decision was taken at a meeting of senior AGP leaders including Party Atul Bora, former and others with on Tuesday night. The meeting was also attended by and

"After the discussion, the and the AGP have decided to work together in the coming in to defeat the The BPF will be the 3rd partner in the alliance," announced on late on Tuesday night.

further said that the three AGP ministers in the state cabinet have been requested to resume their charges as soon as possible.

"The decision to join the alliance was taken in the interest of the state and to ensure the defeat of in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls," said AGP

The AGP and BJP had fought the 2016 Assembly polls as an alliance and had wrested Assam from the Congress, which had ruled the state for three consecutive terms since 2001.

However, relations between the two parties soured over time and the regional party snapped its ties with the BJP this January following differences over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.

Ahead of Tuesday's announcement, the AGP remained a divided house on the issue of an alliance with the BJP with senior AGP and former Assam saying the party does not want any pre-poll alliance and is trying to strengthen itself.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 11:22 IST
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