AGP unification process to be long, hits hurdle

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Guwahati, June 6 (UNI) The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) unification process will be a long drawn one with various factions hardening their stand.

According to senior party leaders of both AGP and AGP (P), the bone of contention is the rehabilitation of the leaders of the two parties.

The problem is that we can not include the central executive as it would be big enough. The question remains how to accommodate the senior and mid level leaders, said AGP general secretary Atul Bora.

A marathon meeting on Wednesday night failed to resolve the deadlock between the AGP and the AGP (P) over sharing of executive berths in the event of unification of the two parties.

According to Mr. Hemanta Kalita of the AGP (P), his party which had initially demanded that all its 91 executive members be accommodated in the executive, first lowered its number to 50 before trimming it to 40.

But the 11-member AGP committee, which is negotiating with its breakaway parties, insisted that the party would be able to accommodate only 21 members. The AGP (P) did not agree to the proposal.

However both the parties are ensuring that no negative image should go out in regard to the unification process.

The unification is inevitable. What is needed is some more time, said AGP working president Phani Bhusan Chouhdury.

Another matter of dispute is the accommodation of the AGP (P) district leaders in various district units of the AGP. As last night's meeting failed to arrive at any conclusion on the issue, the two parties decided to meet again soon to resolve the impasse.

The present strength of the AGP executive is 106 out of which 11 seats are still vacant. Yesterday's meeting was the second one between the two parties, which remained inconclusive following the differences over sharing of executive berths.

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