AGP accuses Sarbananda Sonowal of 'not cooperating' on Citizenship Bill

AGP accuses Sarbananda Sonowal of 'not cooperating' on Citizenship Bill

"It is pertinent to mention herein that the Asom Gana Parishad is fully committed to the implementation of the provisions of the Assam Accord and hence we can never support the obnoxious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016", the AGP said in the letter.

Protestors damage a vehicle during a strike called in Guwahati against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on January 8.

Unidentified persons lobbed a Molotov cocktail (a bottle with flammable liquid) at a BJP office in Shillong partially damaging it, a police officer said on Monday.

AGP has three ministers in the state but they have not resigned yet.

Police said that protesters threw stones at officers.

The AGP and the BJP had forged an alliance in the state just before the 2016 Assembly elections with the sole objective of keeping the Congress out of power by preventing division of anti-Congress votes. The committee observed that several Assamese organisations have protested against the proposed amendments on the ground that the burden of the illegal migrants would be passed on to the state besides conferring political and economic rights upon such migrants to the detriment of indigenous communities.

The AGP has been opposing the Citizenship Bill, saying if it is passed, the NRC exercise in the state would be of no use. "They were determined to pass the bill so we made a decision to break the alliance", Bora said.

BJP's veteran tribal leader Rampada Jamatia, supporting the bill, told IANS: "While considering the Citizenship Bill, the logic and sentiment of the parties of the northeastern region should be looked into".

Sangma government says "no" to Citizenship Bill The BJP-backed Sangma government in Meghalaya had said that it will not support the controversial Citizenship Bill that seeks to give citizenship to illegal migrants of six religious minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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It referred to the understanding arrived at prior to the Assam Assembly election, 2016, and said the AGP had chose to go for the alliance during a discussion with the BJP in New Delhi on "the basis of clear understanding of the Assam Accord, other major issues of Assam, including the seat adjustments".

The Central government on Saturday set up the committee, to be headed by former Union Tourism Secretary M.P. Bezbaruah, to ensure implementation of Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord, which seeks to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social and linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.

A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cleared the bill and it is expected to be tabled in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, an official privy to the development said.

The AGP has no MP in Lok Sabha or in Rajya Sabha.

In Mizoram, the Mizo National Front - which is part of the BJP-led NDA and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) - on has declared that the state government stands strongly against the bill and and extended support to the 11-hour bandh in the Northeast called by the North East Students' Organisation (Neso) against the Centre's bid to pass the bill in Parliament.

Nearly all government establishments and educational institutions remained closed across the state.

National Highway No. 40 and 44, the lifeline for landlocked Mizoram, Tripura and parts of Manipur and Assam, were also affected by the shutdown. Even the governments of Meghalaya and Mizoram have opposed the bill adopting resolutions against it.

"We, therefore, can not remain an ally of the BJP after this move by the Modi government".

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