Friends Society Independent Party

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Friends Society Independent Party
फ्रेंड्स सोसाइटी स्वतंत्र पार्टी
FounderSarala Baishya
Founded11 April 2016 (first time)
13 March 2019 (second time)
Dissolved21 March 2018 (first time)
29 September 2019 (second time)
Merger ofFriends Societal Congress
Split fromFriends Societal Congress
Political positionCentre-right
National affiliationFriend Society Independence Alliance

The Friends Society Independent Party, formerly the Children's Group Independent Party, was one of the three political parties that existed in the partisan history of Friends Society. The party was formed by former prime minister Sarala Baishya on 11 April 2016 after her defeat in the April 2016 general election which led to the victory of the Secular Party and return to power by Dhrubajyoti Roy. The party often served as a junior coalition partner in a ruling coalition and sometimes in the opposition holding the status of the principal opposition party.

The Independent Party was dissolved for the first time on 21 March 2018, ahead of the general election and announced its merger with the ruling Friends Societal Congress. After almost a year, Sarala Baishya who was also serving as the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Law and Justice in the unity government headed by Tanishkaa Patranabish since January 2019, announced that she and her colleagues would quit the Congress after differences with the party leadership. Finally, the Independent Party was re-established on 15 March 2019 leading to the President dissolving the parliament and announcing schedule for general election. After the general election, the Independent Party became the principal opposition party and ultimately merged with the Friends Societal Congress for the second time on 29 September 2019.