Guwahati, January 19: Satyabrat Kalita, general secretary of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), on Saturday asserted that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal himself is unhappy over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
“70 per cent of the BJP MLAs are against the Bill and want the Bill to be scrapped. Many BJP MLAs have personally expressed their dissent. Sonowal himself is unhappy over the Bill,” said Kalita.
On being asked about the alliance with the BJP, he said, “Reconsidering the alliance with anti-national BJP is out of question. We had already submitted an ultimatum to Amit Shah on December 10 last year clearly stating that we will pull out of alliance if the Bill is tabled.”
The AGP also stated that it is “committed to the implementation of the provisions of the Assam Accord and can never support the obnoxious Bill”.
“The AGP is in the opposition now and in the favour of the common people. We will take the opposition seats in the coming Assembly session which is to begin from January 28. The party will urge the Speaker of the Assembly to make seating arrangements for the resigned ministers in the opposition side,”added Kalita.
The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.