Allocation of posts not a condition for unification: Mahanta

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Guwahati, Jun 28 (UNI) Former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today said his party, AGP (Progressive), has not set any 'condition' for allotment of official posts in the event of unification with its parent party--the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).

'' The AGP (P) has not set any condition, but it is a normal procedure of induction of members of the merged party into executive and other committees,'' Mr Mahanta said while briefing the media about the proposals adopted in a central executive council meet here.

Reacting to reports that the AGP (P) had demanded that all its officer bearers should be allotted similar positions in case of a merger and that it was the stumbling block in the unification, he said, '' Unification would be at all levels, right from the block level to the central leadership.'' He informed that today's meeting has decided to pursue the issue of unification with greater earnestness in order to strengthen the regional forces, which, he added, must regain political power for the state's progress.

Mr Mahanta, however, refused to speculate whether the unification process would be over before the next Lok Sabha elections.

The two-time chief minister had formed the AGP(P) after he was expelled from the AGP for anti-party activities. However, initiatives are in process to bring back Mr Mahanta to the AGP fold as well as unite all other factions that had left the AGP earlier.

Informing about the proposals adopted in today's meeting, Mr Mahanta said the party has resolved to create awareness and expose the alleged corruption and failures of the Congress government.


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