BJP Ally JD-U Extends Support To AGP On Citizenship Bill

JD (U) extended support to AGP over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 issue. Photo courtesy: TIME8
JD (U) extended support to AGP over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 issue. Photo courtesy: TIME8

Guwahati, January 28, 2019

The delegation of the Janata Dal (United) JD(U) on January 28th, 2019 met the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leaders in Guwahati. The delegation, led by Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi, held talks with Keshav Mahanta, Atul Bora, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Birendra Prasad Baishya over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 issue.

“The JD(U) will continue to support the AGP over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill,” Tyagi said while addressing the media at the AGP’s headquarters in Ambari.

On January 29th, 2019, the JD(U) delegation will meet the Northeastern political parties to discuss about the Bill.

A snapshot of the meeting between the AGP and JD(U) leaders at the AGP headquarters at Ambari, Guwahati. Photo courtesy: TIME8
A snapshot of the meeting between the AGP and JD(U) leaders at the AGP headquarters at Ambari, Guwahati. Photo courtesy: TIME8

Passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8th, 2019, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is yet to be introduced in the Rajya Sabha. The opposition parties, students’ bodies and the civil society in the state are protesting against the Bill, claiming it will change the region’s demography and violates the historic 1985 Assam Accord.

After abstaining from voting on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, in the Lok Sabha, the JD (U) said it would oppose the Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The opposition parties in Assam, students’ bodies and the civil societies are protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, claiming it will change the region’s demography and violates the historic 1985 Assam Accord.

In 2018, an eight-member delegation of the AGP met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar here and sought the JD(U)’s support against the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, in Parliament.