BJP, AGP announces Lok Sabha poll tie-upMarch 5th, 2009 - 5:11 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Mar 5 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday announced a pre-poll tie-up with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) for upcoming general elections.
BJP would contest eight seats from Assam, while the AGP would try its luck in the rest of the six seats, BJP president Rajnath Singh said on the sidelines of a joint press conference.
BJP prime ministerial candidate L. K. Advani, Sharad Yadav, Shushma Swaraj and AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary were also present at the press conference.
A scheduled joint press conference on Wednesday was postponed at the last minute.
The official reason cited for the postponement was the death of a brother of a BJP leader from Assam.
Party sources, however, hinted at serious differences between the two parties over the Guwahati parliamentary seat.
A senior AGP leader said that the party has decided to leave the Guwahati seat to the BJP, but the party has demanded to field any candidate other than BJPs national vice president Bijoya Chakraborty from the Guwahati seat.
BJP, however, was sticking to field Bijoya as its Guwahati candidate.
During the 2001 assembly elections, the AGP-BJP suffered a defeat from the Congress party. Then, the leaders of both the parties accused each other of betrayal and sabotage. (ANI)
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