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BJP, Asom Gana Parishad split in Assam


Arunoday Mukharji,CNN-IBN
Mar 23, 2011 at 09:48am IST

Guhwati: Asom Gana Parishad and the BJP, one time allies, have parted ways for this time's elections in Assam. But both parties are banking on the same issues of corruption, law and order, and Bangladesh immigrants - so why part ways?

AGP President, Chandra Mohan Patowary said, "This time we are getting 8% of minority votes. It was with AGP, but when we were with NDA, we lost out on those votes. Barpeta we lost. Because of minority votes, we decided to go alone pre-poll."

Not worried about the minority factor, the BJP remains confident.

Rajnath Singh, former BJP President said, "Other parties should be afraid of us. There is no question of them eating into our votes."

Going in alone is likely to prove more difficult for the AGP though. While it claims the support of smaller parties, behind these cheers and public show of strength, the party is battling internal dissent.

Patowary alaso added, ""No infighting in the AGP. Joseph Toppo issue has been resolved, he is campaigning and working for the party. There was some dissent earlier over giving tickets, but its okay now."

But the two parties are desperate to stop the Congress from returning to office - perhaps that's why they are leaving a post poll alliance option open.

It will be difficult to predict which way the votes will swing as far as the AGP and BJP are concerned. Both parties are likely to eat into each others votes as they are both battling for similar issues, leaving the voter completely confused.

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