BJP, AGP to hold discussions on seat sharing in Delhi

BJP, AGP to hold discussions on seat sharing in Delhi

Guwahati, Mar 3 (PTI) Senior leaders of Assam BJP and
its alliance partner Asom Gana Parishad(AGP) will hold
discussions with the saffron party”s leaders in New Delhi on
Wednesday, while Congress leaders are huddled in a resort here
to finalise the lists of candidates for the coming three-phase
assembly election in the state, sources in the parties said.
The state BJP and AGP leaders will hold discussions
with BJP President J P Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah
on seat sharing arrangements, North East Democratic Alliance
(NEDA) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
The final list of candidates for the first and maybe
even the second and third phases will be announced on Thursday
by Nadda, he said.

The seat sharing arrangements with BJP”s other
partner – the United People” Party Liberal(UPPL) have been
completed without any problems, Sarma added.

“We have resolved almost 98 to 99 per cent issues
related to seat sharing with AGP over the past several days.
There are just a few issues that the BJP national leaders will
decide,” he said.
Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and BJP leader
Jitendra Singh, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the NEDA
convenor, BJP state unit president Ranjeet Dass, BJP”s Assam
in-charge Baijyant Panda were engaged in discussions and had
left for New Delhi on Monday afternoon.
AGP President Atul Bora, in whose residence several
rounds of talks were held, and the BJP leaders again met this

“Discussions have moved in a positive direction,” Bora
Asked whether AGP will contest the same number of
seats as in the last state election or more, Bora said that he
will not comment on this till the final list is released.
AGP has reportedly asked for more seats than the 30
it had contested in the last assembly election, while BJP has
sought more than the 89 seats it had contested in 2016
resulting in the long drawn parleys.
The election committee of Assam Congress are also
engaged in seat sharing arrangements with its Grand Alliance
partners and probable candidates for the polls at a resort
The party”s first list of candidates is expected to be
announced in the next 48 hours, AICC general secretary and
Assam in-charge Jitendra Singh said.

“We will take into consideration all aspects and
analyse issues like prospects of winning or anti-incumbency of
sitting MLAs, representation to youths and women,” he said.
After the election committee”s decision the
nine-member screening committee constituted by the party
president will review it before the final list is announced,
he said.
The Congress is contesting the forthcoming polls as a
part of the ”Mahajoth” or ”Grand Alliance” with the AIUDF, the
Bodoland Peoples” Front, the CPI, CPI(M) and CPI(ML) and the
Anchalik Gana Morcha.
The newly floated Assam Jatiya Parishad and Raijor Dal,
contesting the assembly polls in alliance, are also expected
to announce their first list of candidates by March 5.
The nomination for the first phase polls to 47
constituencies, spread over 11 districts in upper Assam, north
bank and parts of central Assam, was announced on Tuesday.

The last date of filing of nominations is March 9 and
polling will be held on March 27.
The notification for 39 constituencies which will go
to the polls in the second phase on April 1 will be issued on
March 5. The third and final phase polling on April 6 will be
on March 12.
The Assam assembly has 126 constituencies. The BJP had
won 60, AGP 14 and BPF 12, Congress 26, AIUDF 13 and an
independent one. PTI DG KK

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