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The AASU declined to be part of the committee until the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is scrapped.

It referred to the understanding arrived at prior to the Assam Assembly election, 2016, and said the AGP had chose to go for the alliance during a discussion with the BJP in New Delhi on "the basis of clear understanding of the Assam Accord, other major issues of Assam, including the seat adjustments". "The AGP protested against the bill ever since it was proposed", the AGP founder said.

In Tuesday's protests in Assam, the militant North East Students' Organization (NESO) vandalised offices of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and set banners and posters on fire.

Ajit Pratap Singh, superintendent of police of the West Tripura district, told The Indian Express over phone that at around 10am, around 250 protesters had blocked the national highway in the area and had pelted stones on police personnel.

He said religious minorities in Pakistan have been facing systematic discrimination and, though the present governments in Afghanistan and Bangladesh, were committed to the welfare of the minorities, they have faced problems in the past. The BJP has 61 MLAs and its other regional ally, the Bodoland People's Front, which has assured its continuous support, has 13.

The political parties and the civil society opposing the proposed law say it would allow citizenship to illegal Hindu migrants from Bangladesh, who came to the state after March 1971, in violation to the Assam Accord, 1985.

Pointing out that the AGP had entered into a pre-poll alliance and not a post-poll one, Mahanta added:"The people of Assam voted for the BJP-AGP alliance, not the BJP alone".

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He said the Bill not only applies to Assam but to the entire country and such migrants were in several other states.

"Let us see. We will call a party meeting and decide how the future roadmap", he said.

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Monday had alleged that the Bill was against the principle of secularism and if passed, would be "harmful" to states such as Mizoram where there are many illegal Buddhist migrants from Bangladesh.

The AGP, which withdrew from the ruling BJP alliance in the state on Monday following the Centre's decision to ensure passage of the bill in Lok Sabha, had on several occasions asked the chief minister to urge the Centre to not go ahead with the bill but "unfortunately, he did not listen to us", AGP president Atul Bora told reporters here.

It is also part of the BJP-led North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA). As the government did not heed to the demand, the Congress staged a walkout.

The bill has created an emotional upraise among the indigenous people of the state who accused the BJP of betraying them.

Zubeen also writes in his letter that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the Joint Parliamentary Committee and Sonowal have all "fooled the people of Assam." he further urged the government to rethink the bill. "It is the BJP which is responsible for AGP's quitting the alliance and they should step down immediately", said Mahanta. BJP allies Shiv Sena and JD-U have announced that they would oppose the bill in Parliament.


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