NEW DELHI: Senior Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader Keshab Mahanta has said that his party supports the ongoing protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
“Yes, we support the ongoing agitations. In fact, we have also told the government to keep the identity and culture of the indigenous people of Assam intact,” said Mahanta on Wednesday.
Of late, the AGP came under criticism for its stand over the controversial Bill. In the recent past, AGP leaders did not come on record against the Bill, though they maintained that they had expressed their concern with the Home Ministry.
“We have told Home Minister Amit Shah to ensure that the indigenous people of Assam are not affected by the Bill. We want the safety of the indigenous people of Assam as the way the Central government is ensuring the safety of indigenous people in other states of the Northeast,” said Mahanta, and added, “We will discuss amongst ourselves and then take the final call on our future course of action.”
Meanwhile, hundreds to youths from the north-eastern States culminated at Jantar Mantar to register their protest against the Bill.