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Former All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) General Secretary, Lurinjyoti Gogoi on Monday announced that he would join the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) during the regional party’s two-day political convention at Sivasagar from December 16.
“The decision to take the political route has been taken after consultations with the students’ union, educationists, intellectuals and a cross-section of people and well-wishers,” Gogoi said while addressing the media here on Monday.
“From the platform of an apolitical organisation, I have been raising issues at the state and political levels, pressing for the socio-political security of the greater Assamese community. However, none of the issues has been addressed. Absence of political foresightedness by the national parties has adversely affected regionalism and therefore an alternative—a united regional political force is imperative,” he said.
“I feel this is the time for me to join politics and lay a strong foundation for regionalism in the coming days so that the future of the indigenous people of the state is secure,” Gogoi said.
The core committee of AJP will be constituted on December 16, while the party’s first state executive meeting will be held on December 17. The constitution of the party will also be placed during the two-day convention.
The former AASU leader had stepped down as the union’s general secretary during the recently concluded AASU’s 17th general convention in Duliajan.
An offshoot of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) movement, the AASU and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), floated AJP in September last year.
(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)