AAGP leaders addressing media at Dibrugarh on Tuesday. Photo: Northeast Now

The Anchalikatabadi Asom Gana Parishad (AAGP) on Tuesday slammed the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) for maintaining ‘double standard’ on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 issue.

Talking to media persons at Greater Dibrugarh press club here, Sunil Rajkonwar, president of AAGP criticized the AGP leadership for betraying the people of Assam.

“If the AGP leadership is really opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, then they should resign from the government. But they are not doing this. If they are really concerned about the people of Assam then they should clear their stand against the bill,” Rajkonwar said.

He accused the AGP of losing its regional identity.

“The AGP leadership has lost their regional identity after alliance with the BJP. Now, the AGP leaders abide by what BJP leadership says,” Rajkonwar alleged.

According to the Assam Accord of 1985, anyone who has entered Assam after March 24, 1971 should be treated as an illegal migrant irrespective of one’s religious affiliation.

“The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 should be scrapped immediately since the culture, language and identity of Assamese people are at stake. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said he will not take any decision against the people of Assam. But now they are thinking to bring and rehabilitate Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam,” the president of AAGP said.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com

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