AGP’s 'Steering Committee' decides to oppose proposed citizenship amendment bill

by - 4:20 PM

AGP, the coalition partner of the ruling BJP in Assam has opposed Centre's move to grant citizenship to Hindu migrants from neighboring countries.

Party sources said that its 'Steering Committee' yesterday took resolution to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, that proposes citizenship for migrants from the religious minority (non-Muslim) communities from three countries — Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The AGP has stated that citizenship to illegal Hindu migrants would pose a grave threat to the identity of indigenous people and existence of the Assamese language.

The party said that it would, however, continue to support the Assam Accord which has provision of deporting illegal Bangladeshi citizens, who entered Assam after 24th of March, 1971.

A five members team of the party will meet the Parliamentary Standing Committee over this issue in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The party has also conveyed its stand on this issue to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

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