Citizenship Amendment Bill: AGP leaders satisfied after meeting with Nitish Kumar

The Janata Dal (United) led by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will support the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in opposing the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill.

AGP leaders, who met Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Saturday, said that both the regional parties will oppose the controversial bill together.

AGP president Atul Bora said that they discussed the issue in details with Nitish Kumar.

“We already had their support in opposing the bill but today we had a detailed discussion on the issue. We informed the Bihar CM how the people of the country and especially Assam who are already suffering will be affected if the bill is passed. We are satisfied that they have also vowed to oppose the bill in the parliament,” said Bora, a minister at the BJP-led Assam government.

They discussed other issues as well with Nitish Kumar for more than two hours.

The delegation included former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Assam ministers Keshab Mahanta and Phani Bhusan Choudhury, former MP Biren Prasad Biashya, general secretaries Kamala Kalita and Ramendra Narayan Kalita.

Bora also said that they will continue to oppose the bill which is dangerous for the country and especially for Assam. Though AGP is in alliance with BJP in Assam, the regional party has been vocal against the bill.

The controversial bill which was tabled in the parliament in 2016, seeks to grant citizenship to religious minorities (non-Muslims) from neighbouring Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Bora said that if the BJP goes ahead and passes the bill, they will come out of the alliance.

The AGP leadership, in this regard, also met Shiva Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in June. Thackery, during their meeting, had vowed to work together for the interest for the people.

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