GUWAHATI: State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma still believes that the AGP will go back to the coalition at Dispur.
Talking to the media outside the State Assembly here on Monday, Sarma said: “The AGP has made some historic blunders. One such blunder is the party’s stance on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. I don’t think the decision taken by the AGP on the Bill will go in favour of Assam and its people. I personally feel that there’s a game plan by some to hand over Assam to a specific East Bengal-origin community around ten years hence. With or without their knowledge of the game plan, some organizations have already stepped into it. The AGP is an emotional party. Its decision on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is an emotional one. Former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, from time to time, creates ripples in the party. I believe that the AGP will stage a comeback to the coalition at Dispur.”
When asked if the AGP will come back before or after the Lok Sabha poll, Sarma said: “I believe that those who love Assam will accept later what we say today. And they’ll come back to us.” When asked on Zubeen Garg campaigning against the Citizenship Bill, Sarma said: “Garg is an emotional man. Some people are trying to use him.”
Asked on the allegation doing rounds in the State that some AASU (All Assam Students’ Union) leaders were beaten up by some BJP workers inside Ghagrapar police station near Nalbari on Sunday, Sarma said: “If they’ve beaten up anyone inside the police station, that’s utterly unjust. However, when I talked to the Nalbari district BJP president on this, he denied the allegation.”
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