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AGP ministers pay obeisance at memorial of Assam Movement martyrs after resigning from govt

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Immediately after tendering their resignation from the Cabinet Wednesday, the three (AGP) ministers went to the AASU office and paid obeisance at the "Sahid Vedi" (memorial) there.

Arriving at the All Students Union (AASU) office 'Sahid Niyas', Agriculture Atul Bora, Water Resources and Food and paid tributes to the 855 martyrs of the anti-foreigners Movement (1979-1985).

Bora and Mahanta used to lead the AASU as students in the past.

The ministers then held a meeting with the AASU leadership, including its Dr

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Bora said, "We are with the people of Assam and will join in their struggle to protect their interests at any cost. The was formed by the blood of martyrs who sacrificed their life to protect the existence and identity of the Assamese people. We cannot disrespect their sacrifice by remaining in power when the Centre decided to go ahead with the Citizenship Amendment Bill."

"The Centre's obstinacy not to withdraw the bill forced us to take the decision to come out of the government as we cannot go against the interest of the Assamese people."

The three had tendered their resignation to two days after the party pulled out of the BJP-led coalition government in the state over the bill.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 was passed in the Lok Sabha Tuesday.

Briefing the mediapersons, Bhattacharya said, "We are happy they came to our office. We reminded them that the was responsible for taking forward the main cause of the for which 855 people sacrificed their lives, many became disabled due to bullet injuries, women were raped."

The pulled out of the after its "last-ditch attempt to convince" the Centre to withdraw the proposed legislation failed on Monday.

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

The BJP has 61 members and the party has support from 12 MLAs of the Bodoland People's Front and the sole Independent member.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 00:05 IST