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AGP to continue protest within alliance ambit: Atul Bora

CITIZENSHIP BILL

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BONGAIGAON, June 7: “The BJP government is now working against its promises. Before election, the BJP leadership announced that all Bangladeshis will have to leave Assam before May 16. But now they are planning to welcome Bangladeshis. Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) will never let them do so. The AGP party’s main motto is to make Assam free from illegal migrants and we will never compromise with anyone,” said Prafulla Kumar Mahanta on Thursday in Bongaigaon while attending the ‘Sangkhanad’ programme organized by the AGP.

After the programme started at the Borpara Public field here, a mass rally was taken out throughout the town. The rally culminated at the Bongaigaon Gandhi field where a mass meeting was held. Several leaders of AGP, including Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Atul Bora, Keshab Mahanta, Phani Bhusan Choudhury, Bhupen Ray and Satyabrata Kalita took part in the programme.

Talking to media persons, Keshab Mahanta said that in Mahabharata, Lord Sri Krishna had started the battle of justice – Kurukshetra – by blowing his conch. “We have also started our protest against this Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to legalize Hindu Bangladeshis by blowing the conch (sankha). This is our battle against illegal migrants and it will continue. We will never let anybody pass such a bill which will permit any illegal migrant to come to our State. Already Assam is bearing a heavy load of illegal migrants. Assam cannot tolerate more load of illegal migrants,” he said.

Atul Bora said that AGP would continue their protest against the controversial bill. “We will continue our protest by being part of the government. We have no plan to break away from the alliance as yet,” he said.

More than 10,000 people took part in this rally. Phani Bhusan Choudhury, while leading the rally, appealed to people not to be misled by rumours. “We are always dead against illegal migrants,” he announced.

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