Court declares Asom Gana Parishad polls 'null and void'

A city Court has declared "null and void" the recent elections of the AGP (Asom Gana Parishad)
Court declares Asom Gana Parishad polls 'null and void'


GUWAHATI: A city Court has declared "null and void" the recent elections of the AGP (Asom Gana Parishad) to the posts of the party's president and working-president on two counts.

The Court of Civil Judge 3, Guwahati, in its order on September 5, 2020, mentioned that the elections violated the COVID-10 protocols and also the AGP constitution.

The elections were held during the AGP's general conference at the party headquarters in Ambari here on August 27. Both Atul Bora and Keshab Mahanta were re-elected for the next three-year term as the party's president and working president respectively. While Bora is the State Agriculture Minister, Mahanta is the State Water Resources Minister.

But before the conference, a few party members of the Guwahati unit of AGP had moved the Court against the slated general conference. The Court, on August 26, directed the AGP not to hold the conference. According to advocate Dilip Choudhury (representing the complainants), "The Court order was served to the AGP via WhatsApp on August 26 itself." Choudhury added that "as per Supreme Court directive, orders of Courts can be intimated to the parties concerned through WhatsApp in the present times."

He added, "As the AGP violated the Court's order, the complainants again moved the same Court."

Choudhury pointed out, "After examining the matter, the Court — on September 5 — declared the AGP party polls of August 27 as null and void. The Court has also directed the AGP to submit the CCTV footages as well as the attendance register of the conference. The next hearing is scheduled on November 19, 2020."

Earlier, top AGP leaders told the media after the party's general conference on August 27, "We received a certified copy of the Court's order only after the conclusion of the party's meeting that day."

Meanwhile, advocate Bijon Mahajan (representing the AGP party) said, "So far, we've not received any certified copy of the Court's latest order (September 5, 2020).

"The Court has not yet recorded the view of the AGP.

"If required, we will move the higher Court."

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