Assam BJP legislator Shiladitya Dev has dared the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), the BJP’s alliance partner, to pull out of the alliance and not just keeping on threatening to snap ties over the issue of granting citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshi migrants.
Taking a dig at the regional party which has two ministers — Atul Bora and Keshab Mahanta — in the Sarbananda Sonowal cabinet, the vocal BJP legislator from Hojai questioned as to why the AGP had entered into an alliance with the BJP, that too thrice, despite being very well aware of the latter’s stand on Hindi Bangladeshis.
“Why does the AGP keeps on threatening to pull out of the Government? I dare them to snap ties rather than keep just threatening us,” Shiladitya Dev said.
“I am surprised that despite knowing the BJP’s stand on Hindu Bangladeshi migrants, why did the AGP tie-up with our party in the first place. They tied-up with the BJP not once, not twice but on three occasions,” the Hojai legislator added.
Meanwhile, Assam BJP president Ranjit Kumar Dass, while reacting to Shiladitya’s tirade, termed it a personal remark.
The Hojai MLA’s statements incidentally came after the AGP threatened to pull out of the government and the alliance with AGP president Atul Bora, who is also a cabinet minister in the Sarbananda Sonowal Government, reiterating it won’t take a minute for him and Keshab Mahanta to put down their papers in case the BJP goes ahead with the Citizenship Amendment Bill and paving the way for granting of staying rights to Hindu Bangladeshi migrants in Assam.