AGP quits Assam alliance, no threat to BJP-led govt

09 January, 2019, 07:42 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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Activists of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) burn a dummy copy of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

"In view of such protests, the committee is not convinced with the Ministry of Home Affairs' statement that there is no specific report on the unexpected demographic changes of certain North Eastern states, particularly Assam, due to the influx of migrants from Bangladesh", it said.

In yesterday's protests in Assam, the militant North East Students' Organisation (NESO) vandalised offices of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and set banners and posters on fire.

The Citizenship Act of 1955 provides for various ways in which Indian citizenship may be acquired - by birth, descent, registration, naturalisation and by incorporation of territory into India.

All ministers and heads of corporations of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which announced on Monday that it was ending its two-year-old alliance with the BJP, would be quitting formally on Wednesday.

Updating the NRC list - as provided for by the Assam Accord - was meant to identify all illegal immigrants whom the Assamese people felt have eaten into their limited resources.

The draft National Register of Citizens (NCR) of the state had been prepared in accordance with the Accord.

"The Left Parties, the Congress and many other parties would strongly oppose the bill".

The AGP had entered into an alliance with the BJP before the 2014 polls and was opposed to the Bill since the beginning.

Mahanta, the leader of the Assam Agitation, a popular movement against illegal foreigners that lasted for six years between 1979 and 1985, said, "If the decision (to pull out) was taken earlier, people's anger and disappointment with the AGP would have been less".

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Bora, along with Kesab Mahanta, the AGP working president, and Phani Bhusan Choudhury of the party are ministers in the BJP-led government in Assam.

The Bill was originally introduced in 2016 and was later sent to the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), which submitted its report on Monday.

While opposition Congress welcomed the AGP's decision, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) proposed to form a united platform taking along the regional party to fight the "communal and divisive" politics of the BJP.

Thirty ethnic organisations also supported the bandh in Assam.

Former chief minister Tarun Gogoi of the Congress said the AGP should join hands with other parties to protest against the Bill.

The petrol bomb attack comes amid the protests against the Modi government's bid to get the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in Parliament.

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

CPI-M's Tripura state Secretary Gautam Das, Congress Vice-President Tapas Dey and many other leaders of different political parties apprehend that if the NDA government passes the bill forcefully in the Parliament, a serious resentment would crop up in the northeast.

NESO advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya said that the Centre and the BJP had forced them to call the bandh. "But Singh told us clearly that it will be passed in Lok Sabha tomorrow", Bora said, adding Singh was requested not to ignore the public sentiment only for votes but it is unfortunate that they did not listen.

CoHSO Chairman Robertjune Kharjahrin said the Citizenship Amendment Bill was a threat not only to the indigenous tribals in the NorthEast but a national security threat as well.

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