GUWAHATI: The general house of the AGP is going to decide the fate of three AGP ministers in Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Cabinet – party president Atul Bora, working president Keshab Mahanta and senior party leader Phani Bhushan Choudhury – in the wake of the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) imbroglio.
As a regional political party, the AGP seems to be in real disarray regarding the CAA. While a section of party leaders and workers has been demanding the three AGP ministers in the State Cabinet to make their stand on the CAA clear, the three ministers continue to maintain that they too oppose the Act, and that is quite evident from the case they have filed against the Act in the Supreme Court of India. It seems that the workers of the regional party have started regrouping in at least two different poles. While a section of leaders and workers, including former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, has been opposing the CAA seeking its outright rejection, another section of leaders and workers, including the three ministers, has been maintaining that they too oppose the Act, but staying in the ruling coalition.
What is significant is that all these are happening when the general house conference of the party is nearing. In fact, the regional party’s general house conference was scheduled to be held in December 2019 but that had to be deferred because of the anti-CAA agitation reaching its crescendo during December last in the State and elsewhere in the country.
However, the party leadership has not yet announced the date of the general house conference of the party that is set to be a stormy one. The moot question now is: will the party president and working president retain their posts, or will new faces replace them altogether? As of now, it is the CAA that is steering the movement of the party leadership and workers ahead of the general house conference.