Citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Jan 10: The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leadership has taken a clear stand against the Centre’s move to grant citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis.
“The AGP will not compromise with anyone in respect of granting citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis,” AGP president Atul Bora told reporters after the party’s executive meeting here today.
He said the government should focus on implementing Assam Accord, the document signed following a mass agitation in 1985 to rid the State of illegal migrants.
“No foreigners coming to Assam after March 24, 1971 should be granted citizenship,” Bora added.
Speaking at the conclusion of the first central executive meet held after the 10th triennial conference, party president and agriculture minister Atul Bora further said, “We want inclusion of two more ministers in the cabinet, besides some posts of chairman of corporations and boards.” The meeting was attended by former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, party executive president and Science and Technology minister Keshab Mahanta, senior MLA Phanibhusan Choudhury and other senior leaders. “Today’s meeting decided to make a request to the State as well as Central governments to hold a meeting on implementation of Clauses 6 and 7 of Assam Accord,” Bora said.
Meanwhile, AGP leader Ramendra Narayan Kalita today said that if the BJP wants to contest Dhemaji bypolls and panchayat polls independently, then the AGP is also bound to go to polls alone. A poll preparation committee headed by Phanibhusan Choudhury was constituted during the meeting today.