It’s Time To Unite Against BJP Over Citizenship Bill: Atul Bora

NE regional political parties' convention on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 issue
NE regional political parties' convention on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 issue. Photo: TIME8

Highlights

  • Regional political parties united against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill
  • Delegation to call on the Prime Minister, President of India on the Bill issue
  • The delegation to call on regional parties of other states of India seeking support

Guwahati, January 29, 2019

Amidst the ongoing protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which also spread to other Northeastern states, the regional political parties of the region stood in unison against the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-led Bharatiya Janata Party on January 29th, 2019 here in Guwahati.

The premiere regional political party of Assam – Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) which snapped its alliance with the BJP over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill issue reiterated the party’s firm decision against the Bill which would “jeopardize” the existence of the indigenous people of the state. AGP President Atul Bora said, “We walked out from the alliance with the BJP since the saffron party is adamant in their decision to implement the Bill.”

Calling the convention among the regional political parties of the Northeastern states over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill “a natural process”, Bora said, “It is the need of the hour to unite against the BJP’s adamant behaviour which poses serious threat to the land, language and the culture of the Northeastern states. The Northeastern states assembled here to raise their voice at the national level for the greater cause of the indigenous people of the region.”

Talking to media persons, Bora informed that a delegation of the regional political parties of the Northeastern states will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of India Ram Nath Kovind demanding scrapping of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill for the greater interest of the indigenous people of the region. “There is no other option left without raising voice in democratic way. Today’s meeting is historic,” Bora said.

Bora further said that the congregation would also call on other political parties of India seeking support on the issue. “We will even seek Congress’ support on the issue since it is the matter of safeguarding indigenous people,” Bora added.

AGP Leader Atul Bora
AGP Leader Atul Bora. Photo: TIME8

Joining hands

Meghalaya Chief Minister and National People’s Party (NPP) president Conrad K Sangma, who have been vehemently opposing the implementation of the Bill was also present in the convention. On the other hand, Mizoram Chief Minister and Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga, Manipur deputy chief minister joy Kumar Singh, including representatives from Naga People’s Front (NPF) from Nagaland, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), United Democratic Party (UDP) Meghalaya, Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), Janta Dal (United) and Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) were present in the convention.

“Most political parties in the Northeast region were protesting against the Citizenship Bill in their own states. Therefore, we decided to come together and discuss measures to protect our people and the region,” Sangma said.