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atul bora: AGP to continue its alliance with BJP for 2024 Lok Sabha polls: Atul Bora

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Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president Atul Bora said that his party will continue its alliance with the BJP for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Bora told media persons on Friday, “We will continue our alliance with BJP in the ensuing panchayat polls and the parliamentary polls. We are yet to start discussion on the seats for the Lok Sabha polls.”

Addressing a party workers’ rally in Guwahati recently, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “We must start working for the 2024 polls and ensure that Narendra Modi comes back to power for a third term. Our target is to win 12 of the 14 seats in Assam”.

In 2019, BJP contested 10 parliamentary seats while AGP contested three and Bodoland People’s Front contested one seat.

In the 2019 polls, the BJP in Assam increased its tally from seven in 2014 to nine in 2019. Across Northeast India, the BJP, which won eight seats in the last parliamentary election, increased the seat tally to 14 in 2019. Together with its allies, BJP won 18 of the 25 seats, the best-ever performance for the party in the region. While the AIUDF won one seat, one seat was won by Independents in Assam. AGP drew blank. The Congress got three seats.

Prior to the assembly polls in 2016, the BJP in Assam stitched a grand alliance which included AGP and Bodoland BPF.

Opposing the Citizenship Amendment bill, the AGP walked out of the BJP-led government on January 8 in 2019. However, it soon renewed its alliance with the BJP for the Lok Sabha polls.
AGP fought the last panchayat polls on its own. Bora said the party has welcomed the Election Commission of India’s decision on delimitation of assembly and parliamentary constituencies using the 2001 census. “This was our long-pending demand.”

Both AGP and BJP discussed the delimitation exercise at a meeting on Thursday.

Bora said, “We are working to increase our organisational strength and reach out to different corners of the state.”

A senior BJP leader who did not want to be named told ET, “The discussion on seat sharing will take place once there is progress in the delimitation exercise as there is expectation that the 2024 polls will be held in delimited constituencies.”

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