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Sushanta Talukdar
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Rule book to be amended to end nominations

Asom Gana Parishad president Chandra Mohan Patowary with senior leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta during the party's general council meeting in Guwahati on Monday. PTI Photo
Asom Gana Parishad president Chandra Mohan Patowary with senior leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta during the party's general council meeting in Guwahati on Monday. PTI Photo

The general body meeting of the Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Monday approved a proposal to amend the party constitution to end nominations of party leaders and make elections of party committees and office-bearers compulsory at all levels.

Through another amendment, the party scrapped the Steering Committee, hitherto the apex policy-making body, and replaced it with a 11-member high-powered committee, to be named by an elected Central Executive Committee.

Morale booster

Emerging from the meeting of the party's supreme body, AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary told journalists that committees from the village, panchayat, and regional levels to the State level, would be required to be democratically formed through election. A three-day party conference would be held on March 9 next.

The AGP's move to amend the constitution comes as a last-ditch effort by the party to boost the sagging morale of party workers after the debacle in the Assembly polls. The leadership had responded by delegating greater administrative powers to grassroots cadres. O

f the total 126 seats of the Assembly, the AGP managed to win only 10 seats in the April polls against the 24 seats won in 2006.

Party leaders, however, are optimistic that the change would attract the youth to the regional party.

Heated arguments and chaos ensued when a delegate passed a “derogatory” remark about the former Chief Minister and party founder president, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.

The delegate was dragged out of the State Central Library and chased away.

Mr. Patowary condemned the remark and said the party would take action against the delegate.


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