AGP flays BJP on citizenship

Uttar Pradesh's BJP chief minister Yogi Adityanath's decision to deport all illegal migrants has offered former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta a fresh opportunity to criticise the state BJP government for not objecting to the Centre's decision to offer citizenship to Hindu migrants.

By PRADIP KUMAR NEOG in Duliajan
  • Published 15.10.17
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Duliajan, Oct. 14: Uttar Pradesh's BJP chief minister Yogi Adityanath's decision to deport all illegal migrants has offered former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta a fresh opportunity to criticise the state BJP government for not objecting to the Centre's decision to offer citizenship to Hindu migrants.

Speaking at the 33rd foundation day of the AGP, an ally of the BJP-led state government, here, today, Mahanta asked why it was laying a "red carpet" for illegal migrants.

Mahanta had earlier said if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is passed, it would be a disaster for the identity and culture of the indigenous population in Assam.

AGP president and state agriculture minister Atul Bora said deportation of illegal migrants from Assam would be its main agenda as 855 indigenous people sacrificed their lives between 1979 and 1985.

"AGP will never accept the migrants who entered Assam on and after March 25, 1971. We are always in favour of solving the foreigners issue based on the cut-off date mentioned in the Assam Accord," he said.

The AGP said it would go alone in the panchayat elections, likely to be held next year.

Water resources minister Keshab Mahanta and senior AGP leaders Brindaban Goswami, Phanibhusan Choudhury, Nurul Hussain, Naren Sonowal and Renu Prabha Rajkhowa, among others, were present.