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Assam : BJP Ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) Walks Out Of Alliance Over Citizenship Amendment Bill

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| January 7 , 2019 , 17:48 IST

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Monday withdrew its support to ruling BJP and pulled out of Sarbananda Sonowal-led Assam government over the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

AGP president Atul Bora announced the decision after a meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

“We made a last ditch attempt today to convince the Centre not to pass the Bill. But Singh told us clearly that it will be passed in Lok Sabha tomorrow. After this, there is no question of remaining in the alliance,” Bora said in New Delhi after meeting the home minister.

The announcement followed AGP leader and former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta’s statement that the party would withdraw support to the government in the state if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in passed by Lok Sabha.

The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955 in order to grant citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan if they have lived in India for six years, even if they do not possess the necessary documents.

The existing law states that “citizenship of India by naturalisation can be acquired by a foreigner (not illegal migrant) who is ordinarily resident in India for twelve years”.

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Prime minister, Narendra Modi in a rally in Silchar last week stated that that Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is an expiation committed at the time of partition of the country. He announced that he is hopeful that the bill will be soon placed in the parliament.