GUWAHATI: With the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019 not passed in the Rajya Sabha that was adjourned sine die on Wednesday and the Lok Sabha (LS) polls slated in April-May, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) will decide on its future course of political action in a crucial party meet soon. The key meeting would be held after the party leaders return from Delhi where they have been camping to form a lobby against the Centre’s move on the Bill. Announcing this, AGP president Atul Bora told media, “The party forum will have a detailed discussion on the political strategy of AGP.”
Referring to the CAB, Atul Bora added, “The Centre has finally recognized the need to not push through the Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The massive protests of the masses of Assam and the North East have compelled Delhi to retract its steps on this vital issue that was threatening the very identity of the indigenous people of the entire north-eastern region.”
Pointing to the stand of the party on CAB, Bora said, “The AGP carried out the stir against CAB right from the streets to the Assembly and the Parliament. We have been opposing the Bill since 2016 when we became an ally of the State Government. And, we left the Government before it was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019. At this juncture, we congratulate all the organizations including the national political parties, AASU, and NESO for taking a stand against the Bill.”
Right after a few days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement in Assam that the CAB would be tabled in its current form, the AGP has walked out of the coalition of the State Government. The AGP legislators have been a part of the Opposition in the Assembly since then.
Atul Bora added, “The best part of the intense opposition against the Bill has been the formation of a united front of all regional political parties in Northeast. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has also taken a bold step by taking the lead against the CAB.”
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