| AGP president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta at the news meet in Guwahati on Tuesday. Telegraph picture |
Sivasagar, Aug. 20: AGP president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today advocated a tripartite agreement between India, Bangladesh and Assam to deport illegal migrants.
Addressing reporters in Sivasagar, Mahanta, reiterating the AGP’s opposition to the land-swap deal with Bangladesh, said the neighbouring country must agree to accept the illegal migrants detected through tribunals or courts.
“Steps must be taken to deport illegal settlers from the state and a tripartite agreement must be reached at to send them back,” he said.
Mahanta said the AGP would oppose any move by the government to ratify the India-Bangladesh land boundary agreement bill. “Party MPs protested and stopped the government from placing it in Rajya Sabha.”
Raising concern about the BJPs role, which did not oppose the bill while it was placed in Parliament, Mahanta said the AGP would continue single-handedly to oppose further attempts by the government to pass the bill.
AGP workers observed a black day yesterday against the move by the government to re-introduce the bill in Rajya Sabha.
In February, the Union cabinet approved the draft of the bill for implementing the Land Boundary Agreement of 1974 and the protocol to it inked in 2011.
The bill, if passed, will pave the way for transfer of civilian enclaves in adverse possession between India and Bangladesh.
Speaking on the demands for separate statehood in Assam, Mahanta said the party does not support any move for division of the state.
“Article 244A of the Constitution should have been amended after the creation of Meghalaya. We shall oppose any move to divide the state further,” he said.
Article 244A refers to the formation of an autonomous state comprising certain tribal areas in Assam and creation of local legislature or council of ministers.
Replying to a query on the AGP position, Mahanta said several steps have been taken to strengthen the party.
“We shall try to reach to the people and strengthen the grassroots of the party. New faces would also be enrolled,” he said.
Mahanta said teams have been sent to all the 14 constituencies to access the strength of the party in each constituency ahead of the 2014 general elections. “After assessing the strength of our party, we shall decide on a possible alliance with like-minded political parties,” he said.