GUWAHATI: The BJP, AGP and the BPF, it seems, still have something to share in the panchayat poll. Hope for some sort of understanding among the three parties is still not lost!
Panchayat poll is slated to be held in two phases in the State on December 5 and 9, 2018. The counting of votes will be on December 12, 2018.
Each of the three major coalition partners at Dispur has made it crystal clear to go solo in the panchayat poll. Reports being emanated from insiders of the AGP and the BJP say that understanding between the two parties at the panchayat poll is an impossible proposition because of the enormity of seats involved in the election, that too, at the grassroots level. The rural poll in the State involves over 26,800 panchayati raj institution members.
However, sources in both the parties drop enough hints that going solo does not mean absence of any local-level understanding between the two parties during the rural election. They still say that all hopes for understanding between the two coalition partners in the rural poll are not lost. The two parties may to go for local-level understanding in certain constituencies where any of them has no representation, sources say. They, at the same time, want to maintain that such local-level understanding, if any, will have nothing to do at the central level.
Reports being emanated from the BPF are no different either. The BPF is going to field its candidates in the panchayat poll outside the BTAD where it has support bases. However, in constituencies where the party does not have winning prospects despite having support bases, whatever small they are, it is going to have local-level understanding with the BJP and the AGP.
Talking to newsmen in Guwahati recently, AGP working president Keshab Mahanta has not ruled out local-level understanding of any sort with the BJP in the panchayat poll. When asked he said: “We’re going it alone in the panchayat poll. However, there may be some understanding here and there between the two parties purely at the local-level. Such understanding, if happens, will be between district or local-level committees.”
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