GUWAHATI: The AJP (Assam Jatiya Parishad) is no match for the BJP and the Congress insofar as party fund is concerned. Against such a backdrop, the newly formed regional party has opted to go for "crowd funding" to fight the Assembly election.
Addressing the media here on Monday, AJP president Lurinjyoti Gogoi said, "People consider the BJP as a party of capitalists. On the other hand, the Congress has a 100-year-old history. We're no match to any of these parties when it comes to party funds. Our only assets are the people of Assam. Hence, we seek financial support from them to fight the Assembly polls."
He further said, "Assamese nationalism can't be established with others' mercy. Come what may, we're determined to establish Assamese nationalism. Our journey is daunting, but we will fight and win. Our objective is to make the foundation of Assamese nationalism stronger. In this hour of crisis, the people of Assam have joined the AJP in its journey to secure the future of the State."
He also assured that to maintain transparency, the AJP will provide the details of funds received from the people of the State every week in the party's website.
He also said that if the AJP comes to power, it will give a toll-free number to bridge the gap between people and the government. "Through the toll-free number, we will seek suggestions from the people of the State," he said.
Gogoi also appealed to the masses to come forward as 'jatiya sevaks' to serve the community. The party has also launched a website in this regard.
Gogoi has also announced that those who want to be candidates for the party can submit their applications by February 25. An amount of Rs 20,000 will be charged from each applicant as application fee.