AGP holds crucial meeting, likely to snap ties with BJP

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Nov 26: A day after Assam finance minister and senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma fired salve against the leaders of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) to quit alliance with the ruling BJP, leaders of the regional party are holding a crucial meeting at Assam Legislative Assembly here on Monday to discuss the fate of the alliance with the saffron party.

Castigating Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), the minister on Sunday said that AGP is free to break the alliance with the BJP.

“Congress is an enemy of both AGP and BJP. AIUDF is an enemy of Assam’s people,” Sharma said adding that AGP has no right to protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 as “900 people had sacrificed their lives demanding fixation of 1951 as the base year.”

“AGP leaders accepted 1971 as base year. In the regime of Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Citizenship Bill was amended. So, they have no right to oppose the Bill,” he said.

Many leaders of the party urged the central committee leaders to snap ties with the BJP after Himanta’s comment.

However, the meeting continued till filing this report.

The AGP has three cabinet ministers- Atul Bora, Keshab Mahanta and Phani Bhushan Choudhury in the Sarbananda Sonowal led cabinet in Assam. The strength of AGP is 16 in the state assembly.

“If AGP goes out of alliance, numerically BJP will continue to be in power as BPF with its 13 MLAs will continue to support the government. The strength of the BJP in the assembly is 61 in the 126 member assembly.

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