Guwahati, February 2, 2019
In order to seek support to oppose the much-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leaders and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma called upon Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan on February 1st, 2019.
The delegation comprised of former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, party president Atul Bora, AGP Working President Keshav Mahanta, Birendra Prasad Baishya and Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong among others. The delegation is also likely to call upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind.
“We had a long discussion to oppose the Citizenship Bill. We have been opposing the Bill since long and also met Prime Minister, President of India, Home Minister, Vice President regarding the matter. We were assured that the government will not pass the Bill, but recently we came to know that the government is ready to pass it. Hence, we came out of the alliance (with the BJP in Assam) and resigned as ministers,” said Bora.
Called on @irvpaswan ji along with Dy CM Prestone Tynsong, AGP President Atul Bora, Former Assam CM Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and others to seek support to oppose #CitizenshipAmendmentBill. pic.twitter.com/fPBVnICufi
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) February 1, 2019
“We have spoken to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and he assured us that he will discuss the matter (Citizenship Bill) and will find a way,” Sangam said.
It may be mentioned that Assam including the other Northeast states is on the boil over the Citizenship Bill. The Bill was passed at the Lok Sabha on January 8th, 2019 during the winter session of the parliament, the Bill was however stalled at the Rajya Sabha witnessing opposition from the Congress and other political parties.
On January 29th, 2019, a total of ten political parties of the Northeast including the Janata Dal (United) convened a meeting in Guwahati to clarify their stand on the Citizenship Amendment Bill and also to appeal to the Central government to scrap the legislation.
Meeting with Ghulam Nabi Azad
The AGP delegation also met Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. The delegation comprised of Bongaigaon MLA Phani Bhusan Choudhury, AGP MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita, party president Bora and AGP Working President Mahanta.
It may be mentioned that amidst ongoing protests across the Northeast against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Rajya Sabha Chairman has finalised the agenda for the Budget Session and the much-debated Bill has not been listed.