AGP snaps alliance with BJP over Citizenship Bill

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Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) chief Atul Bora Image Credit : IANS

New Delhi, Jan 7: The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Monday broke the alliance with the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party over the latter’s decision to go ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.

AGP President Atul Bora made the announcement after an AGP delegation led by him met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.

“We have made our best effort to convince the BJP leadership about the negative impact of the Bill and the stand of the people of Assam. However, the BJP has decided to go ahead with the Bill leaving us with no option but to quit the alliance,” Bora said while addressing a press conference.

Earlier in a day, the Union Cabinet cleared the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 after a Joint Parliamentary Committee submitted its recommendations to the Lok Sabha.

The Bill is likely to be discuseed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

“We fought a long battle over the Citizenship Bill. We protested on the streets and we met different political parties and members of the JPC over the Bill. We tried our best to stop the Bill being a part of the government. However, now that the BJP has decided to go ahead with it, we have no other option but to walk out of the alliance,” he added.

Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also assured the people of Assam that the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2016, will be passed soon in the Parliament.

“Our government is going ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. This bill is related to emotion and lives of people. If there are people in the world who believes on Ma Bharati and they were persecuted from other countries, will Ma Bharati not give shelter to them?” asked Modi while addressing a public rally at Ramnagar.

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