AGP Ministers Resign From Assam Government After Pulling Out Of Coalition

Three Asom Gana Parishad Ministers Wednesday gave notice from the Assam Cabinet, two days after their party exited the government over the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Phanibhushan Choudhury given their resignations to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the state secretariat in Assam capital Guwahati, Mr Bora told reporters after submitting their resignations.

The AGP had pulled out of the BJP-led coalition government a day before the bill seeking to give Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan were passed in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Recently the AGP executive met at the party headquarters in Guwahati to discuss the resignations and the future course of action.

Mr Bora, who is also the party president, said reporters after the meeting that he would announce the party’s future strategy regarding the bill after submitting their resignations. The AGP pulled out of the state government after its “last-ditch attempt to convince” the center to take back the proposed legislation failed on Monday.

The withdrawal of the AGP, which has 14 MLAs in the 126-member assembly, will not have any sudden 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 the help of 12 MLAs of the Bodoland People’s Front and the sole Independent member.

The opposition Congress and the All Indian United Democratic Front (AIUDF) have 25 and 13 members respectively.

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