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LS polls: AGP non-committal over cementing an alliance with BJP

Mar 06, 2014 08:19 AM IST India India

Guwahati: In a bid to strengthen its vote bank in the Northeast, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to tie-up with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), but the chief of the latter Prafulla Kumar Mahanta remained non-committal on the possibility of an alliance between the two parties ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Mahanta said that according to him AGP won't benefit if it cements an alliance with the BJP in Assam. He even claimed that the state BJP unit did not want to tie-up with his party.

Speaking to CNN-IBN Mahanta added that he didn't attend the Third Front meeting in Delhi as he got the invitation very late.

Meanwhile, sources have indicated that the BJP has offered five of the fourteen seats in Assam to AGP.

The AGP chief, however, said that he wanted to prevent the Congress from coming to power in the upcoming general elections.

In 2009 general elections when the two parties had a tie-up the BJP had won four seats while the AGP had managed to win one.