Guwahati, March 10: The Asom Gana Parishad's (AGP) pre-poll alliance with the BJP for the two-phase Assam Assembly elections starting April 4 has not gone gown well with the supporters of either parties and even splits have occurred in both parties.
The seat-sharing arrangement between the AGP and BJP in 24 of the 126 Assembly seats has seen the dissenting faction of the AGP forming the AGP Anchalikatabadi Mancha (AGP regional Forum) and the dissatisfied voices in the BJP floating the Trinamool BJP.
AGP Regional Forum & Trinamool BJP to contest seats on which BJP and AGP have made understanding
Former AGP youth wing president Sunil Rajkonwar, who heads the AGP Forum, said they couldn't accept an alliance with the BJP, which according to him, has little respect for the Assam Accord signed in 1985.
Biswajit Phukan, the convenor of the Trinamool BJP, said on the other hand that the party leadership did not heed to their request to leave those seats where the BJP is strong, to the AGP, as per agency reports. He said the alliance with the AGP will not help the BJP and hence, they have decided to oppose it.
Phukan, who is close to Himanta Biswa Sarma, who left the Congress last year to join the BJP lats year, hoped the people of Assam will choose the Trinamool BJP as an alternative to the current Congress regime, which he called corrupt.
Both the new outfits will contest in the 24 seats on which the BJP and AGP have reached an undersdtanding.