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Assam: AGP-BJP team to meet Amit Shah to finalize seat sharing

GUWAHATI: BJP state president Ranjeet Kumar Dass on Friday stated that India can go on to change into a superpower provided that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is re-elected for some other term. He also added that the verdict of forming an alliance with AGP once once more was once involved in the sole goal of ensuring that PM Modi comes again to power.

"If India has to become a 'Biswa Guru' (world leader) and a superpower, Modi-ji has to be elected for a second time," Dass stated after meeting with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) individuals at BJP's headquarters to finalize the seat-sharing arrangement. "We have 29 lakh members. My humble appeal to all our members is that you should not think which candidate is contesting from which seat. Rather you should think that Modi is contesting from all the 14 parliamentary seats. You should work with that spirit," he added.

A BJP and AGP delegation left for New Delhi on Friday to meet BJP nationwide president Amit Shah. The seat-sharing settlement will likely be finalized during the delegation's meeting with Shah, following which the candidates will likely be announced during BJP's central parliamentary board meeting on Saturday.

North East Democratic Alliance (Neda) convener and Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that an exclusive meeting with the entire Neda constituents will likely be held in New Delhi on Sunday to discuss ballot strategies. "All the regional parties of Neda arw with us. In some northeastern states, we may contest the polls separately, while in other states we will fight together. However, we all have one strategy and that is to fight to ensure that Modi-ji can come back to power. Only then will northeast witness more development," Himanta stated.

He pointed out that though AGP may have a special stand from BJP at the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the regional birthday celebration in conjunction with Bodo People's Front (BPF) has agreed to work in conjunction with the saffron birthday celebration to bring Modi again to power. Other events which can be in alliance with BJP in Assam are Tiwa Eikya Mancha, Rabha Joutha Sangram Samiti and Ganashakti.

"At present, we are not concerned about points of difference (between BJP and its alliance partners) that we may have. We are focusing on unity. In fact, the citizenship bill is not the only issue based on which this election is being fought. There are many other issues and concerns that need to be addressed," Himanta stated.

AGP founder-president and former leader minister, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, has already slammed the alliance, pronouncing the verdict was once taken by means of a handful of leaders with out the topic being mentioned within the birthday celebration's general house. Mahanta has stated that he's now not going to campaign for any individual forward of the Lok Sabha polls in protest in opposition to the AGP-BJP alliance.

AGP president Atul Bora, on the other hand, pointed out that this was once now not the primary time that AGP has shaped an alliance with BJP. "AGP fought together with BJP in the 2001 assembly polls, 2009 Lok Sabha polls and 2016 assembly polls. Now we have come together once again so that we can defeat the Congress,"

In 2001 assembly polls, 2009 Lok Sabha polls and in 2016 assembly polls AGP contested the elections in alliance with BJP. Now once more in 2019 Lok Sabha polls now we have come together in order that we will be able to prevent the Congress," Bora stated.

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