Guwahati, Dec 16 (GCCurrentAffairs) Former Chief Minister of Assam and an MLA of BJP ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today said that his party’s decision to support the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Parliament was unfortunate and the agitation in future may turn to a civil violence if the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) act is not scrapped.
“It was unfortunate that my party voted in favour of CAB in both the houses of Parliament, The agitation may lead towards civil violence in the state,” Mr Mahanta said, adding that he will continue to protest against the act and the people of Assam at any point of time won’t accept the act which threatens their existence.
Mr Mahata who has distanced himself from his party on the issue of CAB said that illegal migration was somehow coming to end with NRC but with CAA it has come to the fore of political discourse in the state.
Taking a potshot at the ruling BJP government in the state Mr Mahanta said, “ When Chief Ministers of various state are opposing the bill BJP leaders of the state including chief minister couldn’t gather the courage to stand against the bill in the interests of people of Assam”.
He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah has completely ignored the protest of the people in the state and urged them not to implement the act in Assam and rest of North East.
He also admitted that scarp the CAA will be a long drawn legal battle.
Earlier, the spokesperson of AGP Jainath Sarma told the media “AGP has decided to file a petition. Our party president will lead the delegation and requested Narendra Modi Ji and Amit Shah that the Citizenship Amendment Act should not be implemented in Assam. We are an ally of NDA and BJP should honour and respect the people of Assam”.
Amid protests in Guwahati, sources say, the AGP has realised that people of Assam are angry with them for supporting BJP when the CAB was being passed.
The AGP has three ministers in the BJP-led Assam Government.