Guwahati, March 3: The seat-sharing arrangement for the Assam assembly elections between the ruling BJP and its allies – AGP, United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) and Gana Surakhya Party (GSP) -- would be finalised in Delhi in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national President J.P. Nadda.
Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, senior Cabinet Minister and NEDA Convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma today left the state for New Delhi with along with other senior party leaders and AGP top brass for the purpose.
Himanta Biswa Sarma said that over 95% work regarding seat sharing with the AGP were completed in last night’s meeting at the residence of AGP president and state Agriculture Minister, Atul Bora’s residence and rest would be completed in the meeting with Amit Shah and J P Nadda tomorrow.
Sarma said the BJP was quite aware of the status of its ally AGP in Assam and the party would get adequate number of seats to field their candidates.
After the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls in December last year the BJP had forged an alliance with the United People's Party Liberal (UPPL) and the Gana Suraksha Party (GSP), discarding its old ally Bodoland People's Front (BPF) which has now forged alliance with Congress in Assam.
The BJP had contested the last assembly election in 2016 in alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad and BPF and came to power becoming the single-largest party with 60 seats, while its allies AGP and BPF had won 14 and 12 seats respectively. The ruling alliance has the support of one independent MLA.
The BJP led alliance won the last Assembly polls (2016) putting an end to the 15-year-long (2001-2016) uninterrupted rule of the Congress led by former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who died last year.