GUWAHATI: The AGP has kick-started its fresh highway-to-parliament agitation on the eve of the Rajya Sabha session against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 from Wednesday when the party resorted to statewide protest processions in all district and sub-divisional headquarters in the State.
The development came close on the heels of the AGP making all major regional parties of the Northeast go into a huddle against the Citizenship Bill in Guwahati on Tuesday. The meeting of the regional parties of the Northeast was held in the presence of Meghalaya and Mizoram chief ministers.
Wednesday’s agitation by the AGP was in sync with its announcement of agitating against the controversial Bill from highways to Parliament after severing ties with the BJP at Dispur.
The agitation was centrally staged in Guwahati by taking out a procession from party head office at Ambari to the office of the Kamrup(M) deputy commissioner. It was led by two party general secretaries – Birendra Prasad Baishya and Ramendra Narayan Kalita – besides Manoj Saikia.
Speaking at the procession, Baishya said: “We can’t betray the State for power. This is the reason why our MLAs deserted the BJP-led Council of Ministers at Dispur. Our agitation will continue so long the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is not cancelled.”
Meanwhile, the AGP headquarters said that processions were taken out against the Bill on Wednesday in Golaghat, Bokakhat, Jorhat, Mangaldai, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Sadiya, Biswanath, Mangaldai, Barpeta, Nalbari, Bongaigaon, Nagaon, Mankachar, Karimganj, Silchar etc.
AMP secretary dies in mishap: Meanwhile, Asom Mahila Parishad (AMP) general secretary Gitanjali Das died on Wednesday when she met with an accident on her way to the procession taken out at Barpeta. The AGP is observing three-day mourning at her death. AGP president Atul Bora, working president Keshab Mahanta, former chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, senior MLA Phani Bhushan Choudhury, the AMP, the AYP and all other wings of the AGP condoled the sudden death of Gitanjali Das.
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