A court in Guwahati has put a stay on the election of Atul Bora as Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) President.The court stated that the general body meeting of AGP on August 27 was held in violation of the injunction order issued a day before the event.
Meanwhile, the AGP leadership has decided to approach the higher court challenging the order of the civil court.
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It may be mentioned that incumbent president of the AGP Atul Bora was on August 27 was elected as the party’s president for the second time. The veteran leader was elected in the 11th central general conference held at its headquarters located at Ambari in Guwahati. Ither than Bora, nobody else had submitted nomination for the top post.
On the other hand, Keshab Mahanta was elected as the working president of the party. Addressing the media after the council, Atul Bora said that the meeting was held following complete COVID-19 protocol. Bora added that the foundation of regionalism must be strong to protect the cause of the indigenous Assamese people. Bora further said that the AGP has carried forward the legacy of the historic movement of the people of Assam fuelled by the emotion of the soil.
The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) hold its General Council despite the Session Court’s stay on it. It may be mentioned that the court, based on an appeal filed by Girin Talukdar, Jiten Deka and Hemen Lahkar, had passed a verdict staying the council. This order was issued by the Court of Civil Judge No.3 in Kamrup (M) on Wednesday. According to the notice issued by AGP on August 10, the meeting was scheduled to be held on August 27.
The restraining order stated, “The meeting is out and out illegal as it is against the constitution of AGP as well as against the COVID protocol”. The meeting violates the clause 26 of the constitution of AGP and the notification issued by the state government through State Disaster Management Department.
“Holding of the meeting within the short interval of mere 17 days prima facie appears to be illegal in view of Article 25 (5) of Constitution of AGP, which speaks about the furnishing of at least 30 days prior notice from to the date of holding the meeting,” it said.
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