Asom Gana Parishad Breaks Ties With BJP Over Citizenship Bill

Guwahati: Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Monday announced its decision to serve ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) over the Citizenship Bill.

The decision was taken after AGP President Atul Bora met Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

“We have met almost everyone including the Joint Parliamentary Committee, President, Prime Minister and requested them to scrap the bill but unfortunately that didn’t happen. As we were part of the government, we tried our best to stay with the government. But we have realised that the BJP government is bound to pass the bill. After meeting home minister Rajnath Singh, we are sure about that,” Bora said.

In the 126-member house, the BJP along with its allies AGP and Bodoland’s People Front (BPF) have 86 seats of which 61 belong to the BJP, 14 to the AGP and 12 to the BPF. Thus AGP pulling out does not seem to pose a threat to the government.

Meanwhile, PTI reported the Union Cabinet has cleared the redrafted Citizenship Amendment Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, officials said.

A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cleared the bill and it is expected to be tabled in Lok Sabha Tuesday.

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