Guwahati, March 13, 2019
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi on March 13th, 2019 said that the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) must make its stand clear on the much-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
Two months after pulling out over the much-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the AGP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are back as allies in poll-bound Assam.
“The joining hands with the BJP, the AGP has betrayed the people of Assam. The party must put forward their stand on the Bill. Interestingly, AGP president Atul Bora met me last night saying that his party will not be able to win in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections if they do not patch up with the BJP. I assured him that KMSS will extend full support to the AGP in the upcoming election,” said Gogoi here.
On January 7th, 2019, the AGP withdrew its support to the BJP government in Assam in protest against the Centre’s decision to go ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. On January 9th, 2019, Assam Agriculture Minister Bora, Assam Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta, Assam Food and Civil Supplies Minister Phani Bhusan Choudhury tendered their resignations.
“The AGP leaders must make it public whether they had signed an agreement with the BJP to support the Bill, which is likely to be tabled again if the BJP is voted to power.
On February 13th, 2019, in a major setback for the ruling BJP, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was not tabled in the Upper House of the Parliament. As the Rajya Sabha failed to pass the Bill, it would have to be cleared by the next Lok Sabha again. The BJP government at the Centre has been pitching for the early passage of the legislation.
Urging the people of Assam to not vote for the BJP in Assam, Gogoi said, “The AGP has lost the respect and trust. The party can be labelled as the ‘enemy of the Assamese community’. Whoever votes for the BJP will also be considered as the ‘enemy’. Only traitors will vote for the BJP.”
The All Assam Students Union (AASU), which is opposing the bill, has also criticised AGP for renewing ties with BJP.