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Akhil Gogoi Calls for Merger to Form Strong Regional Force in Assam

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Sivasagar, May 26: Raijor Dal chief and Sibsagar legislator Akhil Gogoi underscored the necessity of a “strong regional force” to safeguard Assam’s interests during a press briefing on Friday. Gogoi announced his party’s willingness to merge with the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) to create a new political entity aimed at challenging the dominance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state.

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Proposal for Merger
“Given the current political climate in Assam, the necessity for a robust regional party is evident. We have engaged in positive discussions with AJP leaders about merging our parties. Raijor Dal has already given its consent to this merger,” Gogoi stated.

Awaiting AJP’s Decision
He emphasized that the decision now lies with the Assam Jatiya Parishad. “If AJP agrees, we will establish a new political party with a fresh constitution. I am confident that our union will create a formidable opposition to the BJP. Additionally, we anticipate that other smaller parties will join our cause,” he added.

Importance of Regional Unity
Gogoi highlighted the crucial role of regional parties in offering a better political alternative for the people of Assam. He also mentioned that if the merger does not materialize due to “technical” reasons, Raijor Dal plans to form a ‘United Front’ to consolidate regional parties under a single banner.

AJP’s Response Pending
Despite Raijor Dal’s proactive stance, Assam Jatiya Parishad chief Lurinjyoti Gogoi has yet to make an official statement regarding the proposed merger. Both Raijor Dal and AJP were part of a united opposition forum led by Congress in the recent Lok Sabha polls, where Congress ceded the Dibrugarh Lok Sabha seat to Lurinjyoti Gogoi, who contested against BJP heavyweight Sarbananda Sonowal.

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Strategic Move Against BJP
The potential merger signifies a strategic move to consolidate regional power and present a unified front against the BJP, reflecting the dynamic and evolving political landscape of Assam. This development indicates a significant shift in Assam’s political dynamics, potentially altering the balance of power in the state.

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