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AGP apologises for mistakes
Published on 7 Sep. 2010 12:52 AM IST
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Reaching out to people with the 2011 assembly polls in mind, Assam’s main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) Monday apologised for the mistakes it committed during its two tenures in government and also pledged to serve the people with commitment if given a mandate in the next elections.
“Maybe we committed some major mistakes, knowingly or unknowingly, during our past two terms (1985-1989 and 1996-2001) and for that we are tendering a public apology to the people of Assam,” AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary said.
The AGP president was speaking at a massive rally in the eastern Assam town of Sadiya as part of a month-long ‘Mass Contact’ programme.
“I as the party president would like to make a public commitment today that if voted to power we shall live up to people’s expectations and work towards overall development of the state,” Patowary said.
The beleaguered AGP, having lost two consecutive assembly elections (2001 and 2006), has been desperately trying to stage a comeback with elections due sometime in March-April next year.
“We don’t want to give false hopes and promises like the Congress government. We would assure livelihood to one and all and that promise we shall fulfil at any cost if we are given the mandate,” the AGP president said.
More than 10,000 people took part in the rally.
“We have not hired vehicles like the Congress to bring these people who braved heavy rains to come and attend the rally,” the AGP president said.
“The Congress has all along been trying to play divisive politics and never bothered for the welfare of the people. We are committed to working with zeal and sincerity.”
Internal bickering, leadership crisis, and successive electoral defeats have literally crumbled the AGP with the party’s morale hitting an all time low.
Mahanta elected AGP legislature party leader
Newly elected AGP legislature party leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today said he will take the agenda of his party to the people of Assam and would also play an active role on the floor of the House.
Unanimously elected as the Asom Gana Parishad Legislature Party leader yesterday, Mahanta told PTI, “my party has reposed faith in me. I shall discharge my duty on the party line. My prime duty will be to take my party’s agenda to the people”.
“I shall function inside the assembly on the advice of my party. I want to make the AGP a strong constructive opposition to the ruling Congress in the House”, Mahanta, a former two time chief minister of the Assam said.
“We will play an active role on the floor of the House against the corruption and misrule of the state government. We will maintain floor coordination to expose the ministers involved in various scams”, the AGPLP leader asserted.
On the steps he would take for strengthening the party that he founded in 1986 at the end of the Assam Agitation, Mahanta said, “the party has its president, working president, vice presidents and general secretaries. They have taken the necessary measures for strengthening the AGP”.
“As legislators we will extend cooperation to the party leadership to make AGP strong”, he added.

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