The 'Assam Jatiya Parishad' (AJYP) floated by the AASU and the AJYCP is expected to be a key player in the 2021 polls in the state.
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) on Monday announced the naming of their new political party as ‘Assam Jatiya Parishad’ (AJP).
AASU and AJYCP had taken the step at forming a new political party ahead of the upcoming assembly elections 2021 after both the groups spearheaded the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests. The convenor of the party Basanta Deka announced this in a press conference in Guwahati.
Former Assam Minister Jagadish Bhuyan named the coordinator of the party. Names of several district-level party leaders were also announced in the press conference.
Earlier, the Asom Paramarshadata Committee formed by the AASU and the AJYCP had finalised the “political” roadmap of the party; however, the exact nature of the political party and its goals still remains a topic of discussion.
The AASU has said that they will maintain their ‘non-political character’ even after the party formation.
Both AASU and AJYCP had earlier formed a 16-member advisory committee of prominent personalities to suggest a way forward and based on their suggestions the decision to form a new political party “to secure the future of Assam and Assamese people” was taken.
Basanta Deka, former professor of Handique Girls College, one of the two convenors of the advisory committee said,”Work on our party begins from now. The organization set up across all districts will be completed by October and the party’s state-level political convention will be held in November.”
He added that the new party will follow the slogan-‘ghore ghore ami’ (we are in each household) with the aim of reaching out to every home across Assam ahead of next year’s assembly polls.
“The constitution of the party is nearly complete and its aims and ideologies would be unveiled at a later date. The party’s flag, symbol and office bearers would be announced at the November convention,” said former Gauhati University professor Krishnagopal Bhattacharya, the other convener.
Incidentally, this will be the second political party to be formed by AASU leaders after Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which came into being in 1985 after signing of the Assam Accord that ended the six-year-long anti-foreigners agitation–in which both AASU and AJYCP played a key role.