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Assam: AGP to fight Lok Sabha polls in alliance with BJP

Assam: AGP to fight Lok Sabha polls in alliance with BJP

Guwahati: Ending all speculations, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Wednesday returned to the NDA fold and will fight the Lok Sabha elections in Assam in alliance with the BJP, two months after breaking ties over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Three AGP ministers - Atul Bora, Keshab Mahanta and Phani Bhusan Choudhury - took charge of their old respective departments after Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who had not accepted their resignation letters, invited the AGP to join the government.

The AGP-BJP alliance for the Lok Sabha poll was hammered out in a meeting here between BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, AGP president Atul Bora, NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma and BJP state president Ranjit Kumar Dass, along with others, that ended past midnight.

"After discussion, BJP and AGP have decided to work together in the coming Parliament election in Assam to defeat Congress," Madhav had said on Twitter.

"Announced it at Guwahati in d presence of Himanta Biswa Sarma of BJP and Atul Bora and Keshav Mahanta of AGP. BPF will be d 3rd partner in d alliance," he tweeted. Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the seat sharing agreement between the three parties has been finalised and a formal announcement will be made on March 16 from New Delhi after a meeting with BJP chief Amit Shah.

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