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. A meeting of the AGP legislative party has been called by the president at his office in Janata Bhawan on Thursday afternoon to discuss the contentious bill. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 2 pm.
At a time, when mass movements, led by students, youth and regional organisations, have been building up in Assam against the CAB, the president of the regional party of Assam had said that it was time to move ahead with reality.
Not satisfied with the remarks of the president, AGP grass-root members and leaders like former Assam CM Prafulla Kumar Mahanta sharply criticized the party leadership on their stand. “This is his personal remark and not our party’s stand,” Mahanta told reporters regarding Atul Bora’s comment.
Also, AGP workers in Tezpur and other places have condemned the party president’s remarks regarding the CAB. They have termed it as an insult to the martyrs of historic Assam movement.
Not only the party workers; the AGP president’s remark also drew sharp criticism from various indigenous organizations. Recently, the students of Cotton University gheraoed the AGP office in Guwahati’s Ambari area.