Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) (অসম গণ পৰিষদ)
|Leader||Prafulla Kumar Mahanta|
|Founder||Prafulla Kumar Mahanta|
|Headquarters||Gopinath Bordoloi Road,
|Youth wing||Asom Yuva Parishad|
|Women’s wing||Asom Mahila Parishad|
|Labour wing||Asom Krishak Parishad|
|Alliance||North-East Democratic Alliance
National Democratic Alliance
|ECI Status||State Party|
|Seats in Lok Sabha||0 / 545|
|Seats in Rajya Sabha||0 / 545|
AGP was a result of a six-year-long Assam Agitation against illegal infiltration of foreigners from Bangladesh into Assam, led by All Assam Students Union (AASU). For years, people of Assam have been complaining against infiltration of illegal migrants from neighboring Bangladesh (East Pakistan till 1972), as they feared that it is altering the demographic, social and economic make-up of the state.
The Election Symbol of the AGP, as approved by the Election Commission of India, is an ‘Elephant’ which is facing left. This symbol is also the Election Symbol of the BSP, which uses the symbol in all states except Assam and Sikkim, where the party must choose another symbol. The AGP, because it is a regional party, has been given approval to choose this symbol.
There is an immense significance attached to the symbol of the elephant used by the AGP. An elephant symbolizes physical strength and will-power. It is a giant animal and is usually very peaceful. This inherent meaning is applied to signify the population of Assam, especially the down-trodden sections of the society that AGP caters to. The Assamese are peace-loving people, and they successfully carried out the Assam Agitation without the use of violence. These people have great physical and mental strength and can fight all battles, however difficult.
Asom Gana Parishad Achievements
- AGP prevented the further division of the state of Assam, as was proposed by the Congress government.
- AGP constructed two major flyovers in Guwahati, and sanctioned loans for railway and other infrastructural projects in Assam, thereby enhancing the transport networks in the state.
- AGP government tackled financial crisis in the state of Assam, by reversing the financial loan of rupees 4,000 crores that the previous INC government has indebted. It made possible the increase of central government sanctions to 10 percent as loan.
- AGP has extensively looked into the welfare of the Tea Garden Tribes and other lower castes in Assam. The AGP built a number of hostels, schools, increased employment for the youth belonging to these castes. It also initiated a number of grants and fiscal policies to better the conditions of these people.