Tremor in Assam Politics as AGP splits ties with BJP
The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has decided to part ways with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over their disagreements on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
Dismayed that the cabinet on Monday had approved to discuss the bill tomorrow in Lok Sabha, the AGP delegation met with Home Minister Rajnath Singh. They requested Home Minister Rajnath Singh not to introduce the bill in Lok Sabha but were told that they will pass the Bill in Lok Sabha. Soon after Bora told journalists waiting outside that the regional party has decided to part ways with the BJP in Assam.
This decision comes after former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta had hinted that there is no need for the regional party to be a part of the government with the BJP hell bent to pass the Bill. He added that it’s now time to act on the decision that the regional party had taken long back had the BJP went ahead with its plan of introducing the Bill in Lok Sabha.
Atul Bora, Keshab Mahanta and Phani Bhusan Choudhury will tender their resignations shortly as well as others who were appointed as chairman’s of various establishments.
A total of 14 AGP elected MLAs were part of the Assam coalition government.