Guwahati/Patna: Following the meeting held between a delegation of the Asom gana parishad (AGP) and Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president Nitish Kumar, the JD-U has pledged its support on the issue of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, opposed by the former.
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill
The bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955, to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for Citizenship.
JD-U secretary-general KC Tyagi, who was present in the meeting said, “Nitishji told the AGP leaders, ‘we are with you’. The AGP delegation was led by former Chief Minister of Assam Prafulla Kumar Mahanta. State Pension and Public Grievances Minister Phani Bhusan Choudhary, state Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta and State Agriculture Minister Atul Borah alos accompanied Mahanta to the meeting held on September 29.
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill : Bihar CM Nitish Kumar says “we are with you” to AGP
Th AGP had threatened to walk out of the ruling coalition in Assam if the Bill were to be passed in the parliament. It may be noted that the Shiv Sena, an NDA ally in Maharashtra, also extended its support to the AGP and stated that it is going to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in both the Houses of the Parliament.
The JD-U an alliance partner of NDA, had decided to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The party termed the Bill as a clear threat to indigenous languages and culture of Assam.