Citizenship Amendment Bill: Resign and face fresh election, AGP tells Sonowal

Protesters against the bill have accused settlers of taking away jobs from indigenous groups

Meanwhile, protestors ransacked BJP offices in Golaghat in Assam and burnt tyres across the state.

The Bill endorses citizenship for all religious minorities from neighbouring Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A team of forensic experts on Monday visited the BJP headquarters to collect samples and took possession of the CCTV footage capturing the incident.

The bandh supporters vandalize the office of BJP at Golaghat.

"We don't know the reason behind this cowardly attack which is totally unacceptable", Hek told IANS. The Bill is supported by large sections of people in the region.

The activists shouted slogans like "Modi government down down" and asked Bangladeshis to go back to their country. "Assam alone would not have to bear the entire burden and the government is committed to providing all help to the state government and people of Assam", he said.

A year ago the Assam government published a draft citizens' register that left off 4mn people unable to prove they were living there before 1971.

"As the chief minister, it was his primary duty to ensure that people were not burdened with the bill".

TMC members Saugata Roy and Derek O'Brien, in their dissent note, said the bill brings out the ethnic division in Assam and it should not be passed by sheer majority since this is a political effort not necessitated political realities in Assam and West Bengal.

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AGP has three ministers in the state but they have not resigned yet.

It referred to the understanding arrived at prior to the Assam Assembly election, 2016, and said the AGP had made a decision to go for the alliance during a discussion with the BJP in New Delhi on "the basis of clear understanding of the Assam Accord, other major issues of Assam, including the seat adjustments".

The Union Home Minister also clarified that the Citizenship Amendment Bill is not meant only for Assam but has been drafted for the betterment of migrants coming from a particular country.

Sarangthem warned that the AMSU will launch various forms of agitations if the state's Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government does nothing tangible to protect the indigenous peoples. "After this, there is no question of remaining in the alliance", Bora said in New Delhi.

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), based in the border state of Assam in India's northeast, has become the fourth ally to quit the ruling National Democratic Alliance in the past year, for a variety of reasons. "We now regret entering into an alliance with the BJP".

In a statement here earlier in the day, AGP leader and former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said the party would withdraw support to the government in the state if the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 is passed by Lok Sabha. The move came within hours of the presentation in Lok Sabha of a report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee examining the bill that was first introduced in Parliament in 2016.

"We have extended support to the ongoing bandh today, so chose to postpone the formalities to resign for tomorrow", Bora said.

Terming it an "unfortunate" development, Sangma said his government had opposed the Bill and the cabinet had even passed a resolution against it.

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