AGP to break up with BJP if Citizenship (Amendment) Bill pushed

AGP to break up with BJP if Citizenship (Amendment) Bill pushed”

Nearly everyone opposed the move and demanded withdrawal of the "anti-Assam" bill.

The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC)'s visit to Assam to take reaction from various quarters of the society on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has evoked strong responses from various groups today.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee and All India United Democratic Front have also expressed their opposition against the bill.

AGP founding president and former two-time chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta too submitted a memorandum on behalf of the signatories of the Assam Accord.

The Prabajan Virodhi Manch headed by Supreme Court lawyer Upamanyu Hazarika said it would also submit a memorandum opposing the bill.

Ministers from AGP, a BJP ally, protest at JPC meet; more hearings to be held later this week.

Akhil Gogoi also said that if the bill is passed around 1 crore 90 lakh people will get the access to be here. "For us, the interest of the people comes first", said Bora. The committee has not included in its itinerary a visit to Northern Assam, the hill areas and the border areas. "Time allotted for the hearing is not sufficient".

"There is no need for the people of Assam to be anxious as there is no mention of Hindu Bangladeshis in the bill, but the linguistic minorities of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan".

Assam Accord was signed in 1985 with the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi led central government after a bloody agitation to flush out the illegal foreigners. "But if the Bill is passed, it will have no value", said AAMSU vice president Ainuddin Ahmed.

Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, May 7 - Making a case to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today said the proposed law has the potential to make the indigenous people minorities in Assam and frustrate the very goal of the Assam Accord.“It violates the main clause of the Assam Accord. "We believe that the proposed amendment is unconstitutional and against the basic structure of the constitution", their representative and pro-talks ULFA leader Anup Chetia said.

“In such a situation, the latest initiative of the Central government to show sympathy to foreign nationals will frustrate the very goal of the Assam Accord which was executed with the aim and objective of protecting the people of Assam from all attempts to usurp the language, culture, heritage and economy, ” he said. Besides, it contradicts the Assam Accord which says anybody irrespective of caste, creed and religion, whoever has come to Assam after March 25 of 1971 is an illegal citizen.

Union minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain said that amendment bill is for the entire country, and not for Assam alone.

BJP MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, who is a member of the JPC, told reporters, "A wrong message is being spread that only Hindu Bangladeshis will be brought in through the bill".

So far, the JPC has invited many organisations from the state to New Delhi to express their views for or against the Bill. "It is not possible to return from Silchar same day as there is communication bottleneck".

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