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AGP draws flake for not snapping ties with BJP

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Guwahati, Jan 5 (IANS) A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi stirred a row over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) drew flak even from within for failing to come out of the alliance with the saffron party.

While the regional political party has been announcing that it will break the alliance if the BJP goes ahead with the Citizenship Bill, pressure is mounting on it to break ties with the BJP after Modi made it clear that his government was going ahead with the Bill.

“Pressure is mounting on the party leadership to break the alliance with BJP. While some leaders feel the party should come out of the alliance immediately, there is a faction which believes the AGP should wait till the last moment,” said a senior party leader on condition of anonymity on Saturday.

He said the majority of the youth workers of the party were unhappy over the AGP top brass’ silence over the issue.

“How long is the AGP going to wait? Our leaders say that the party will not tolerate passage of the controversial Bill. However, the leaders are silent even after the Prime Minister made it clear that it will be passed soon,” said a youth leader of the party.

He warned that the AGP would lose the confidence of the people it does not come out of the alliance with the BJP.

The AGP and Bodo People’s Front (BPF) are members of the BJP-led ruling dispensation in Assam. The AGP and BPF have three legislators each.

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BJP accuses TMC of vandalising posters ahead of Shah’s rally

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Malda (West Bengal), Jan 22 (IANS) The West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday accused the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers of vandalising posters and decorative gates ahead of party chief Amit Shah’s rally here.

“Gates, welcome arches, posters, cut-outs, festoons have been vandalised ahead of our national president’s rally. Gates have set on fire. Vehicles carrying our supporters are being stopped in many places,” state BJP President Dilip Ghosh said.

BJP supporters and activists were threatened and harassed so that they could not attend the programme, he alleged.

“Despite all these, our supporters are active and the process of ‘paribartan’ (change) has been started,” he added.

After high drama over denial of permission for facilitating the landing of Shah’s chopper in Malda, the state’s BJP leadership said that they finally received the clearance at two places in the district.

The BJP received permission to land the chopper at the helipads in Golden Park Hotel here and the one used by the Border Security Force in Malda district.

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Himachal Pradesh: 26 injured after tourist bus skids off road in Bilaspur

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Himachal Pradesh, Jan 22: At least 26 people were injured after a tourist bus skidded off the road near Swarghat area in Himachal Pradesh’s Bilaspur district on Monday.

The 18 injured people have been shifted to the hospital in Nalaghar in Solan district.

Other 8 people who were seriously injured were shifted to PGIMER at Chandigarh.

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Heavy rain, snow lash Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 22: Incessant rain in Jammu division and light to moderate fresh snowfall in the Kashmir Valley occurred on Tuesday as the Met forecast improvement from Wednesday onwards.

“The western disturbance active over Jammu and Kashmir has resulted in rains in the Jammu division and the snowfall in the valley over the past 24 hours, since Monday.

“The system is likely to weaken from Tuesday evening and we are expecting gradual improvement from tomorrow onwards,” a Met official said.

The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed following landslides and snowfall and reports of an avalanche hitting the highway in the Jawahar Tunnel area.

Srinagar recorded minus 0.2 degrees Celsius while Pahalgam and Gulmarg recorded minus 0.2 and minus 4 degrees, respectively.

Kargil was coldest at minus 12.2, Drass town of Ladakh recorded minus 6.8, while Leh was warmer at 2.8 degrees Celsius.

Jammu city was at 8.7, Katra 6, Batote minus 2.1, Bannihal minus 0.1 and Bhaderwah was at minus 0.2.

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