Asom Gana Parishad
(Assam Peoples Association) is a state political party
. The AGP was formed after the historic Assam Accord
of 1985 when Prafulla Kumar Mahanta was elected as the youngest chief minister of the country. The AGP has formed government twice from 1985 to 1989 and from 1996 to 2001.
The party split, with former Chief Minister
, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta
, forming the Asom Gana Parishad
, but regrouped on 14 October 2008 at Golaghat.
The party has one MP
in the Lok Sabha and two MPs in the Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha MP is Joseph Toppo from the prestigious Tezpur Parliamentary Constituency.
AGP was a result of a six-year-long Assam Agitation
against illegal infiltration of foreigners from Bangladesh
, led by All Assam Students Union
(AASU). For years, people of Assam have been complaining against infiltration of illegal migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh (East Pakistan till 1972), as they feared that it is altering the demographic, social and economic make-up of the state. In 1979, AASU started peaceful democratic movement demanding detection of all illegal migrants in the state, deletion of their names from the country’s electoral rolls and deportation of all of them under the laws of the land. This movement continued for years, and the Assembly Election was held in 1983 in this hostile environment, which was protested by... Read More