AGP to contest panchayat polls alone: Mahanta

From Our Special Correspondent

GUWAHATI: Former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and senior Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader has said that the regional party would not stitch an alliance with the BJP for the panchayat polls in the state next month.
“AGP will contest the panchayat elections on its own. The party and its members must work together to win the elections and strengthen the panchayat administration across four stages, from the wards to the zila parishad level,” Mahanta told a section of the media on Monday.
AGP is an ally of the BJP-led state government with three from the party currently serving as ministers.
Apparently, the state BJP has left its doors open for an alliance with the regional party after making the announcement that it would contest the panchayat elections alone.
The panchayat elections will be conducted in two phases on Deecember 5 and 9 across 26 districts and 14 civil sub-divisions of Assam.
The first phase of the panchayat polls will be held in 16 districts on December 5 while the second phase will be held in 10 districts on December 9, 2018, the Commission announced here last week.

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