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As Modi arrives, AGP activists stage torchlight rally

Guwahati: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed at Borjhar in Guwahati to attend a chain of functions slated on Saturday, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) started a torchlight march a couple of kilometres away in protest towards the arguable Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
Police in an instant swung into motion to forestall the rallyists which was heading towards the Dighalipukhuri space, located near the road wherein the PM was heading to the Raj Bhavan. Already, Section 144 has been imposed in the city to restrict any kind of protest. Besides Guwahati, similar protests had been also held in Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Nagaon, Morigaon, Nalbari, Barpeta and other places.

AGP has snapped ties with the ruling BJP after the invoice was handed in Lok Sabha in January. “The AGP has remained firm on its stand to not allow any immigrant, irrespective of their faith in the state. The Prime Minister will have to understand the emotions of the people of the state and respect their call for and in an instant withdraw the invoice,” mentioned AGP president Atul Bora, who had submitted his resignation from the publish of state’s agriculture minister after the celebration got here out of the government.

Former chief minister Prafulla Mahanta, senior chief Phani Bhushan Choudhury, former MP Biren Baishya and plenty of others participated in the protest rally. The regional celebration alleged that the state unit of BJP has turned an professional function right into a celebration meeting. On Saturday, the PM is slated to attend several professional functions at Changsari, on the outskirts of the city, before addressing a public rally.

According to AGP, the invoice would make the Assam Accord ‘redundant’. While the Accord known someone who entered Assam before the cutoff date of March 25, 1971, as a citizen of India, the invoice seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who had entered India before December 31, 2014.

“We need to remind the PM about his own promise of constructing Assam free of Bangladeshis. Today, he is desperate to bring in the invoice to get votes. Modi must now not assume that the people of the state don't seem to be going to accept the invoice,” mentioned AGP spokesperson Manoj Saikia.

After the AGP got here out of the alliance, the celebration has been seeking to unite all of the regional forces in the northeastern states towards the invoice. BJP’s allies in the North East Democratic Alliance — a platform of non-Congress events — have also threatened to wreck their alliances if the Centre pushes the invoice.

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