Guwahati, Dec 10 (IECurrentAffairs) The alliance of ruling BJP with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in Assam appears to be on shaky wicket, with state top brass of BJP today said that it has no control over the alliance with its regional partner.
While addressing media persons, BJP Assam unit president Ranjit Kumar Das said that the state BJP has no control over the alliance with AGP.
Mr Das also stated that the state BJP earlier contested alone, only after the Centre proposed the party to come in alliance with AGP, the coalition government was formed in Dispur.
Further Ranjit Kumar Das stated that BJP can still contest alone as because the ‘Bharatiya Janata Party’ does not only contest elections but comes into the battle field to win it.
Meanwhile, AGP top leadership in the state has also threatened to quit the alliance over the BJP’s favorable stand on the Citizesnship Amendement Bill, 2016 which was slated to be presented in the winter session of Parliament.
The party wrote to the BJP national president Amit Shah that the AGP will have no other alternative except to repudiate the existing alliance with the BJP if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is passed in the Parliament.
The AGP stated that it came into alliance after the commitment made by the Centre to the implementation of the provisions of the Assam Accord but by introducing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Parliament as well as the ordinances promulgate on the subject has violated the understanding and intends to make the Assam Accord meaningless.
“ The alliance between AGP and BJP might come to an end and the party would soon take a final decision, Keshab Mahanta, Keshab Mahanta a senior leader of party and a cabinet minister in the ruling government said.
The relationship between the two parties was strained in recent times over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which the Centre wants to pass to legitimize the stay of non-Muslim immigrants of Bangladesh besides Pakistan and Afghanistan. The BJP favours the Bill’s passage. However, the AGP stands strongly opposed to it.