GUWAHATI: The AGP legislators on Thursday resorted to 10-hour long hunger strike to intensify their protests and put pressure on the Centre to scrap the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
All 14 MLAs of the regional party including three former ministers namely Atul Bora, Keshab Mahanta and Phani Bhusan Choudhury in the BJP-led government in Dispur who resigned from their respective ministries as a mark of protests for the Centre’s move to pass the controversial Bill in the Parliament, said it is a dangerous and ominous sign that the ruling BJP both in Delhi and Dispur instead of understanding the voices of protest of indigenous people, is now trying to nullify the movement against the Citizenship Bill.
“The AGP is always with the causes of indigenous people. The party will never compromise with interests of Assamese people. That is why we have left the corridor of power by resigning from our ministries,” Atul Bora, the AGP president said.
Bora said irrespective of whether Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal accepts the resignations of AGP leaders as ministers the party will sit in the Opposition bench in the ensuing Assam Assembly session.
Several prominent personalities from different walks of life including Hiren Gohain, Zubeen Garg and Nakibur Zamam who visited the AGP MLAs at their hunger strike site at Dighalipukhuri praised the regional party for their bold step by coming out from the BJP-led government against the Citizenship Bill. Noted academician Basanta Deka joined the protesting MLAs and offered fruit juices to break their fast.
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