Guwahati, March 14, 2019:
Former President of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Brindaban Goswami on Wednesday said that the leader was unaware of the AGP- BJP alliance and informed that he came to know about the alliance through media only.
Addressing the media, Goswami said, “The party moved into the alliance as a part of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) but the alliance was broken during the issue of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. But the decision of moving back into the alliance is not right, according to me. We have contested the Panchayat elections alone and there were clashes among the grass root workers of both parties. Now, how will we face these grass root workers? I was unaware of the alliance and came to know from the media, although Ramen Kalita informed me over the phone that discussions were going on. I was the President of the party, but I was pushed away from the party but I have still not left the party. People claimed I am incompetent, but we were able to create an impact, people recognized us.”
Twisting his way out of a tight corner when asked to comment on the AGP-BJP alliance, Brindaban Goswami added that he will oppose the Citizenship Bill anyhow and added that he will sit with the members of the party and take account of the decision.
Stating that disregarding the Assam Accord would compel the party leaders to bow down in front of the Assam Agitation martyrs’ tomb, Goswami added: “Politics is not my profession and it is a responsibility toward my nation. So, as a public’s representative, I’ll carry this responsibility. I will not move back from the party’s commitments in the near future. If they have taken the decision without getting off track, I have nothing to comment.”