Tamulpur, February 22, 2019
Rajya Sabha MP from Assam Biswajit Daimary and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) leader on February 22nd, 2019 asked the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) to clear its stand over the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
“The AGP must make its stand clear over the alliance issue. In one hand, if the AGP joins hand with the BJP, the coalition will emerge as a strong contender. But it will also raise a question on the AGP’s stand after BJP chief Amit Shah’s recent statement on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016,” said Daimary. He visited martyr Maneshwar Basumatary’s house in Kolbari village of Tamulpur in Baksa district of Assam on February 22nd, 2019.
“It would be assumed that both the AGP and BJP have a secret understanding over the Bill issue if it goes ahead with the alliance,” he added.
Shah on Bill
While addressing a youth convention at Lakhimpur in Assam on February 17th, 2019, Shah said, “If Citizenship Bill isn’t implemented, it will adversely impact the people of Assam. Misinformation is being spread about the Bill. It’s not only for Northeast alone but for all refugees across the country. The way demography is changing in Assam, without the Citizenship Bill, the people of the state will be in danger.”
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant nationality to people belonging to minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of their residence in India.
Massive protests broke out across the Northeast region after the Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8th, 2019.
“Misinformation is being spread about the Bill as if it was only for Assam and other parts of the Northeast. It is for all refugees across the country. The demography of Assam is changing and without the Citizenship Bill, the people of the state will be in danger,” he added.
On January 8th, 2019, the AGP announced its decision to break ties with the saffron party over the controversial Bill. AGP president Atul Bora confirmed the decision in New Delhi after meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.