CM Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma hurriedly left Assam assembly this afternoon after the call of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the burning issue.
The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) insisted on constitutional safeguards for the state’s indigenous communities and writes a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
“Before CAB is passed, Assam and the indigenous people of the state should be given a constitutional safeguard”, Keshab Mahanta, AGP executive President said.
“We demand that the Centre should bring an ordinance to grant ST status to the six communities and take an effective decision to implement it”, Mahanta added.
At the same time, AGP demanded that steps should be taken for the recruitment of indigenous people in the government sector as well as the PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings).
It further demanded ILP (Inner Line Permit) in the state. The decisions were taken in AGP legislative party meet, which has been called by the president at his office in Janata Bhawan on Thursday afternoon to discuss the contentious Bill.
This is noteworthy that CM Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma hurriedly left Assam assembly this afternoon after the call of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the burning issue.
There could be a possibility that this is a ‘tactical understanding‘ between AGP and BJP, while AGP will raise some more demands and BJP will conceive them before placing the Bill in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in the next week.
Meanwhile, the Centre is set to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in the winter session of Parliament even as people in Assam and the Northeast continue to oppose it.
Rift between the leaders of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) regarding the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) has once again come to light after the party president Atul Bora hinted at supporting the contentious Bill.