In 1985 a remarkable political development took place in Assam. Riding on the wave of huge public support, young leaders of All Assam Students Union formed a political party called Asom Gana Parishad and stormed to power in the state. It was the first such youth-led mass movement that led to formation of a government.
The new party ruled for five years but its consistently poor performance led to losing of popular mandate with Congress wresting power from it five years later. It got one more chance after an even worse performance by the Congress Government but it failed again, never to resurrect as a formidable challenger ever again.
The failure of the AGP set back popular political movements by three decades before Aam Aadmi Party was voted to power. Again it rose on the crest of popular support and provided an alternative to the established political parties.
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