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BJP-led Assam govt should face fresh elections: AGP

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

The BJP-led government in

should face fresh elections, senior AGP and former said Tuesday, a day after the (AGP) pulled the plug on the saffron party over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

The AGP pulled out of the coalition government after its attempt to convince the Centre to withdraw the proposed legislation failed on Monday.

"The BJP-led government was formed in on the basis of a pre-poll alliance with the AGP. As this alliance no longer exists now, we demand that the current government be dissolved," Mahanta said here.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to people from minority communities -- Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians -- from Afghanistan, and after six years of residence in instead of 12 even if they do not possess any proper document.

The Bill has been opposed by large sections of people and organisations in the Northeast.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 19:25 IST