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

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

MP Sanjay Raut said, "We're also opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill".

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".

Earlier, moving the bill, Mr Singh said, the government is committed for National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Amid dissent from opposition, walkouts by Congress and Trinamool Congress, and allegations that the bill discriminated on religious lines, Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on Tuesday.

Protests have erupted in recent months and on Monday in Assam, where a movement against illegal immigrants, of all religions, from Bangladesh has simmered for decades, with some residents blaming them for eating into their resources and job opportunities.

"It was not only the Muslim League that wanted to have Assam in that plan, but the same demand was also raised from inside the state at that point of time", said Sarma. "We have reports of four injured persons", Singh said.

The Union Home Minister also clarified that the Citizenship Amendment Bill is not meant only for Assam but has been drafted for the betterment of migrants coming from a particular country.

The bill seeks to amend Citizenship Act 1955 to grant Indian nationality to people from minority communities-Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians-from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residence in India instead of 12 even if they don't possess any proper document.

The Conrad Sangma-led coalition government in Meghalaya too had opposed the Bill but desisted from calling off its ties with the BJP, which is a minor player with two MLAs.

Bora and the AGP leadership had promised that they would exit the alliance if the BJP advanced with the bill.

"The home minister clearly told us they will try to get this bill passed tomorrow, so there's no question of us staying with the BJP anymore", AGP President Atul Bora told reporters in New Delhi.

Assam Police personnel remove black flags from Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) activists protesting with 69 other indigenous organisations of Assam during a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016. "The Bill will provide relief to persecuted migrants who have come through western borders of the country to states such as Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, and others", he added.

Ruling BJP's ally IPFT's Assistant General Secretary Mangal Debbarma told IANS that they have extended moral support to the NESO's shutdown in the northeastern region comprising seven states, excluding Sikkim.

The severance of alliance with the BJP, however, would not make the government fall in Assam.

However, state Congress president Ripun Bora accused the AGP of carrying on with the alliance for the "sake of power" and noted that the damage to the state had already been done.

Roy said there was no effort to evolve a consensus in the Joint Committee of Parliament that examined the Bill.

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