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Assam Polls: AGP Hints at Coalition with BJP in assembly polls, Assam assembly elections 2016, Assam assembly Polls 2016,Assam, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Congress ,BJP, Asom Gana Parishad

Assam Polls: AGP Hints at Coalition with BJP in assembly polls, Assam assembly elections 2016, Assam assembly Polls 2016,Assam,Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Congress,BJP, Asom Gana Parishad

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is unlikely to have any alliance with the Congress in the coming Assam assembly elections but may consider any “concrete” proposal of the BJP in this regard, senior party leader and former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said on Sunday.

“In principle, we can’t have an alliance with Congress. The AGP was formed on an anti-Congress plank. So, it is not possible to have an alliance with Congress,” he told.

 63-year-old Mahanta said the AGP has been in talks with a few smaller regional parties for an alliance but has had no discussion with BJP so far.

“There has been no discussion with BJP. If they approach us with a concrete proposal, we may discuss it,” he said. Mahanta, who became Assam’s Chief Minister for the first time at an age of 32 in 1985 after leading a six-year-old agitation against illegal migration from Bangladesh as president of All Assam Students Union, said a committee has been set up by AGP to take a decision on joining hands with any other political party.

Mahanta was Assam’s Chief Minister between 1985 and 1990 and again from 1996 to 2001. Interestingly, Mahanta had met senior BJP leader L K Advani in New Delhi on Friday. “I know Advani ji for a long time. His wife was unwell and so I had visited him. It was a courtesy visit,” he said.

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