Northeast erupts in anger as citizenship bill cleared

Protesters against the bill have accused settlers of taking away jobs from indigenous groups

Protesters against the bill have accused settlers of taking away jobs from indigenous groups

"We therefore can not remain an ally of the BJP after this move by the Modi government", AGP president Atul Bora said.

Dispelling the misgivings about the Citizenship Amendment Act, he highlighted the discrimination and religious persecution faced by minority communities in those countries.

The controversial bill would grant citizenship to select groups - including Hindus, Christians and Sikhs, but not Muslims - who have moved from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and lived in India for at least six years.

A team of forensic experts on Monday visited the BJP headquarters to collect samples and took possession of the CCTV footage capturing the incident.

The BJP office in Meghalaya capital Shillong was partly damaged when miscreants threw petrol bombs at it on Monday.

"We don't know the reason behind this cowardly attack which is totally unacceptable", Hek told IANS.

Two tribal parties - Indigenous People's Front of Tripura and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura strongly opposing the Citizenship Bill - are yet to confirm the identity of the injured youths.

The activists shouted slogans like "Modi government down down" and asked Bangladeshis to go back to their country. "Assam alone would not have to bear the entire burden and Government of India is committed to give all help needed to the state government and people of Assam", Rajnath Singh said.

The shutdown, however, had no considerable impact in Assam's Bengali-majority Barak Valley region comprising the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi, and normal life was not affected here.

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Withdrawal of the AGP, which has 14 MLAs in the 126-member assembly, would not have any immediate effect on the future of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led government that still has the backing of 74 MLAs.

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

Mr. Bora said he would quit as Agriculture Minister on Wednesday along with Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta and Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury.

"We, therefore, can not remain an ally of the BJP after this move by the Modi government". "There is a divisive nature to this bill and the draft committee has shot down all suggested amendments", Professor Sougata Roy, a member of parliament from Trinamool Congress, said during the protest.

The AIUDF legislator also criticised Sarma asserting that Muslims who supported Jinnah went to Pakistan during the partition and those who stayed back in India were opposed to his politics.

In the Lok Sabha, the Home Minister said leaders like former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Manmohan Singh have backed such a provision in the past.

It is also part of the BJP-led North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).

Guwahati: Just a day after severing ties with the BJP in Assam, a senior leader of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), an important ally of the saffron party in the state, has dared the party to seek a fresh mandate from the people of the state.

The Bill was cleared at a meeting of the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and it's expected to be tabled in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, an official privy to the development said.

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