Guwahati: Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) President and State Agriculture Minister, Atul Borah in a letter addressing the BJP National President, Amit Shah clearly stated that the AGP party is fully committed to the implementation of the provisions of the Assam Accord, thus the party will never support the obnoxious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
He further brought into notice that if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is passed in the Parliament, the provisions of Assam Accord and the ongoing preparation of National Register of Citizens will be harmed and the Assamese Language, Culture and Demography will be changed.
"If the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is intended to be passed in the Parliament we will have no other alternative except to repudiate the existing alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party," said Atul Borah in a letter to BJP President, Amit Shah.
He also stated that AGP in a meeting held at Delhi earlier where AGP decided to have the alliance with BJP party on the basis of clear understanding on the Assam Accord, other major issues of Assam including the seat adjustments.
It may also be mentioned that the alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Asom Gana Parishad, the 2016 Assam Assembly Election was fought and the new government of alliance led by Bharatiya Janata Party was installed at Dispur, Assam.
Minister Atul Bora further claimed that the Government of India by introducing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Parliament as well as the ordinances promulgated on the subject has violated the understanding. "The Assam Accord is also intended to be meaningless," adds Atul Borah.
On the other hand, there are reports claiming that a joint parliamentary committee, which is examining the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, was likely to table its report during the winter session of Parliament. But the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that was to be passed in the winter session of the Lok Sabha Assembly is not on the list of discussion in both the houses.