GUWAHATI, May 31: AGP’s opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seems to gathering new momentum by the day. The regional party first opposed the Bill before the JPC during its recent hearing. It then raised its opposition to the Bill at the recent NEDA conclave in Guwahati in front of BJP national president Amit Shah. And now it is going to raise opposition to the Bill in the State cabinet slated for Friday.
The regional party has a series of closed-door meetings since Wednesday before reaching such a decision.
Talking to The Sentinel, AGP president Atul Bora said: “Ours is people’s party and the mandate of the people of the State is against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. This apart, the Bill contradicts the Assam Accord. We’re taking the side of the people of the State on the Bill.”
The AGP has three has three cabinet ministers – party president Atul Bora, working president Keshab Mahanta and senior party leader Phani Bhushan Choudhury – in Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s Council of Ministers.