Guwahati, February 17, 2019
ed by Nitish Kumar, Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) said it will contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls from two northeastern states – Assam and Manipur. The party officials, however, refused to disclose how many seats the JD-U will be contesting.
“The JD-U will field candidates from Assam and Manipur mainly on secularism and development agenda,” said Afaque Ahmed Khan, general secretary, JD-U.
The general elections, 2019 are expected to be held in April and May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha.
Nitish Kumar-led JD-U, an alliance partner of NDA, took a proactive role to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. 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.
A JD-U delegation also met the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and All Assam Students’ Union leaders in Guwahati on January 28th, 2019. The delegation was led by Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi. The party abstained from voting on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, in the Lok Sabha on January 8th, 2019.
It may be mentioned that the AGP broke alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party in Assam after it went ahead with the Bill in the Lower House of the Parliament. Massive protests broke out across the Northeastern states after the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8th, 2019.
In a major setback for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was not tabled in the Upper House of the Parliament on February 13th, 2019. The Bill has lapsed as the Rajya Sabha failed to pass it on the last day of the Budget session.