GUWAHATI: Even as the BJP national general secretary, Ram Madhav has appealed to the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) to reconsider its decision to sever its ties with the BJP over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, the AGP has stated that the regional party may reconsider its decision only if the controversial Bill is withdrawn. It further added that the AGP would carry on its stir till the Bill is withdrawn.
Talking to media, AGP general secretary and legislator Ramendra Narayan Kalita said, “There is no question to reconsider our decision until the Bill is withdrawn.” Stating that “the regional party had already announced that it would sever its ties with the BJP if the Bill is passed”, Kalita pointed out: “The people’s mandate is against the Bill.”
Meanwhile, the AGP has announced a series of agitations against the Bill which would kick start with a statewide torchlight rally on January 18. A 10-hour hunger strike by AGP MLAs would be carried out on January 24 while protest rallies would be held at district and sub-divisional headquarters on January 30.