Won’t Tolerate Any Move Of AGP-BJP Alliance To Implement Citizenship Bill: Brindaban Goswami

A file photo of Brindaban Goswami
A file photo of Brindaban Goswami

Highlights

  • There is no question of being in alliance with the BJP: Atul Bora on January 7th, 2019
  • BJP-AGP alliance is a rainbow alliance, Atul Bora on March 13th, 2019

Guwahati, March 14, 2019

After the patch up of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) once again ahead of the 17th general election, the former president of the regional political party Brindaban Goswami on March 14th, 2019 said “no move, which may harm the greater Assamese community, would be tolerated if the alliance pushes for implementation of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

“The AGP fought alone in the state Panchayat election held in December 2018. Later, following the Citizenship Bill row, the AGP broke alliance with the saffron party. Now, the parties (AGP-BJP) have patched up again before the Lok Sabha election,” Goswami said.

He further appealed not to “disrespect the sacrifices of 855 martyrs” who lost their lives in the Assam Agitation that took place from 1979 to 1985.

Rainbow Alliance

Terming the resurrection of the alliance of the Hindutva politics and regional politics as a “rainbow alliance”, AGP leader Atul Bora on March 13th, 2019, said, “the party held talks discussing the strategy to fight the ensuing Lok Sabha election jointly”.

Bora had tendered resignation from his ministerial berth along with other two ministers – Phanibhusan Choudhury and Keshab Mahanta – from the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal ministry following the introduction of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill two months back.

Break up

The AGP on January 7th, 2019 broke ties with the saffron party over the BJP-led central government’s attempt to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. 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.