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Aasu VP leaves students' body, will join AGP soon

GUWAHATI: In a big embarrassment to the All Assam Students' Union (Aasu), the group's vice-president, Moni Madhab Mahanta has give up the scholars' frame and is likely to contest the Lok Sabha polls on an AGP ticket from Kaliabor. Moni Madhab is the more youthful brother of AGP minister Keshab Mahanta, who used to be a former president of the Aasu.

Ever since Moni Madhab give up Aasu on Thursday, speculations have been doing the rounds that he might sign up for AGP. However, AGP spokesperson Manoj Saikia on Friday confirmed the previous Aasu leader will sign up for AGP soon.

The building comes at a time when Aasu has hostile AGP's decision to forge an alliance with the BJP. AGP had previous walked out of the alliance with the BJP over opposing stands on the citizenship invoice. But last Wednesday, the 2 parties came together once once more and declared that they would fight the election together.

In a publish on social media, Moni Madhab expressed his gratitude to Aasu for giving him a platform for his efforts to safeguard Assam's lanuage and tradition. "In the days to come, I have resolved to do good for my motherland and seek cooperation and blessings from my well wishers," he wrote.

While AGP sources mentioned the regional birthday celebration is pleased with Moni Madhab's decision to sign up for them, the Aasu camp appeared downcast following the exit in their vice-president.

Aasu president Dipanka Kumar Nath instructed NewsTread that Moni Madhab tendered resignation from Aasu bringing up "family reasons". But, several leaders of the scholars' frame mentioned that he had already deicded to sign up for AGP even earlier than he resigned from Aasu.

"Indeed, his (Moni Madhab) exit is a jolt for us. After this incident, we have firmly decided to set disciplines for our members so that they can not defect to political parties from a non-political, committed social organization like Aasu. We feel that such incidents of Aasu leaders defecting to political parties hurt Aasu and the organization will suffer. So, at the top level of the organization, it has been decided to chalk out a set of rules so that our members and leaders cannot defect to political parties that are different from us," mentioned Nath.

Even as Aasu's constitutional mandate restricts its leaders and members from consorting with political parties, the scholars' group has 'undesirably' produced innumerable politicians, including heavyweights like incumbent leader minister Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP's relied on man in northeast, Himanta Biswa Sarma and former leader minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.

However, to be able out of this predicament, Aasu is now making an allowance for enforcing a six-month cooling length for its members who give up the group and need to sign up for a political outfit.

"For anybody, it's a personal decision to join a political party. But we are concerned about Aasu leaders leaving us to join political parties. So that such incidents do not reoccur in future, Aasu is going to frame strict rules to prevent the direct entry of our members into political parties. We will set conditions, earmarking a minimum time frame within which none of our members or leaders will be able to join any political party immediately after leaving the organization," mentioned Nath.

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