India: Hardliner group threatens to leave coalition if citizenship bill passed

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NEW DELHI: (Christian Times) – Indian state Assam’s local political party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has threatened to leave the coalition led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in case the citizenship law gets passed. It has stated that any step to make an amendment in the citizenship bill 2016 will force them to leave the coalition.

It is pertinent to mention here that AGP is strongly against providing citizenship to the migrants belonging to Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Afghan minorities.

It is feared in Assam that the passing of the citizenship law will result in rise in the numbers of Bangladeshis coming to India. However, even if AGP carries out the threat, the government coalition will not be disturbed because BJP already has 61 out of the total 126 seats and it also enjoys the support of Bodoland People’s Front with 12 members.

BJP spokesperson Roopam Goswami has stated that a wrong impression of the citizenship law was being created among the masses. He said that Assam did not have the resources to afford the people coming from neighbouring countries.

Meanwhile, other groups and political parties have also raised their concerns about the citizenship law amendments. Chief Advisor of All Assam Students Organisation Samojal Bhattacharya stated that allowing citizenship to the people coming from Bangladesh was out of question. He said that such an action will be taken as a violation of the contract with the state.