Asom Gana Parishad President resigns
Guwahati: A day after his party's dismal
performance in the Assam assembly election, opposition Asom
Gana Parishad President Chandra Mohan Patowary on Saturday announced
his resignation from the party.
Owning moral responsibility for his party's poor
showing, Patowary submitted his resignation papers to the
party working President Phani Bhusan Choudhury.
In the just-concluded election, the AGP managed to win
only 10 seats compared to Congress' 78 in the 126-member
The party suffered humiliation when Patowary himself
bit the dust in his home Dharmapur constituency which has been
wrested by his Congress opponent and former minister Nilomani
Opposition leader and two-time former Chief Minister
Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who contested from two constituencies,
could manage to win from one in Bahrampur.
The AGP founder-president lost to forest minister
Rockybul Hussain in the Samuguri seat.
Immediately after the party's defeat, Mahanta had
alleged that victory of the Congress could be possible only
because EVMs were tampered with in various strong rooms in
connivance with government and police officials, a charge
which Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi denied.