BJP and AGP to field one candidate each for the Rajya Sabha seat
GUWAHATI: Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Finance Minister and NEDA convener, on May 26, said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its partner, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) will field one candidate each for the two Rajya Sabha seats that will be vacant starting June 14, according to a report by IANS.
This news came after AGP President, Atul Bora met with the BJP President, Amit Shah on Sunday, May 26.
Sarma also hinted at the fact that someone who is strongly connected to Assam will be fielded for the Rajya Sabha polls.
Meanwhile, the AGP President has said that the regional party will field sitting Rajya Sabha MP, Birendra Prasad Baishya for one of the vacant seats.
It should be noted that the Rajya Sabha seat was part of the agreement between the AGP and BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. In the recent polls, BJP won nine out of the 14 seats, while AGP won no seats.
The Rajya Sabha seats that are currently occupied by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress legislator, Santius Kujur will be vacant on June 14. The Election Commission has announced elections on June 7 to fill the two vacant seats from Assam.
File photo of Atul Bora with CM Sonowal