AGP will never go for any alliance with Congress, but may consider BJP’s proposal in this regard. This was stated by Former Chief Minister and senior leader of Asom Gana Parishad, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.
‘In principle, we can’t have any alliance with Congress, as the AGP was formed on an anti-Congress plank,’ said the former chief minister. He added, ‘Even though till date there has been no discussion with the BJP in this regard, but if they approach us with a concrete proposal then we may discuss it further.’
Mahanta recently met BJP patriarch LK Advani at New Delhi, ‘I know Advaniji for a long time. His wife was unwell and so I had visited him. It was just a courtesy visit.’
BJP and AGP had an alliance in 2009 in which the saffron party bagged four and AGP won just one Lok Sabha seat. The two parties also considered an alliance ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls but the regional party had backed off, apparently with the assumption that such an understanding would not be beneficial for AGP.
However, an insider from the party while speaking on this issue disclosed that president Atul Bora already had a few rounds of discussions with State BJP leadership on the issue of alliance and asked for at least 40 Assembly seats for AGP out of the total 126 constituencies.