GUWAHATI: The AGP has admitted that its performance in the panchayat poll has not been as expected, but claimed that its share of votes has been up this year. The party, however, cannot say as to what is the exact rise in percentage of their share of votes in this poll.
The regional party, a coalition partner of the BJP-led government at Dispur, opted to go it alone in the panchayat poll, maybe, with the hope of doing better in isolation. However, their performance and expectation are out of sync now. And now the party is going for an overall review of its performance district wise.
Talking to the media at its party headquarters in Guwahati on Tuesday, AGP leader Kamala Kanta Kalita said: “We took the decision to go it alone in the panchayat poll from June this year. Though the rural poll results are not up to our expectation, our results in 102 LAC segments have been improved. Grassroots-level workers of the party have also come forward with enthusiasm. With this interest and improvement shown by our workers we’re set to go ahead in the days to come. Our top leaders discussed the issue of our rural poll results on December 16 and the AGPLP on December 17. Now we’ve instructed all district committees of the party seeking reports of poll pattern by December 27, 2018. After getting the reports, we’re going to review the entire results.”
When asked on the fate of the BJP-AGP alliance, Kamala Kanta Kalita said: “We did go for an alliance with the national leadership of the BJP. We’ve sent a letter to the BJP high command to take the decision. The decision is with them.”
Speaking at the press meet, another AGP leader Ramendra Narayan Kalita said: “Panchayat poll results generally go in favour of the ruling party. Maybe, the people of the State voted for the BJP for getting the benefits of the welfare schemes taken up by the State Government in its two-and-a-half years. We can’t accept the move to privatize oil fields.”