AGP president Arul Bora

Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president Atul Bora maintained a stoic silence over the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2016, while speaking at the 4th North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) conclave in Guwahati on Monday.

At least three Chief Ministers of Northeast, however, appealed the central government to tread cautiously on the issue.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma expressed his apprehension about CAB and said that the centre must take the people and governments in the northeastern states into confidence before taking the final decision.

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga also urged the Centre to implement CAB minus northeast.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphu Rio also said that the CAB should not impact northeastern states where demography had already been changed due to infiltration.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, lapsed with the outgoing government at the centre failing to pass it in both houses of parliament earlier this year.

The top BJP leadership including the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah had made it clear that the CAB will be brought back soon.

Speaking in the conclave AGP president Atul Bora highlighted some achievements of the agriculture department.

He also welcomed home minister Amit Shah for his bold steps regarding infiltration.

Bora, however, expressed his dissatisfaction over the recently published NRC but avoided the issue of CAB.

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