Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, Jan 9 - The three Ministers of the regional Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) submitted their resignation to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the Janata Bhawan here this evening. The regional party announced its decision to quit the Government and to snap its ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on January 7, following the rigid stance of the latter to stick to its decision for passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Parliament.
Atul Bora, Kashab Mahanta and Phani Bhushan Choudhury addressing media after their resignation as State ministers, at Dispur in Guwahati on Wednesday. – UB Photos
Informing this, senior AGP leader Phani Bhusan Choudhury, who was holding the portfolio of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Pension and Public Grievances, said that they had submitted their papers to the Chief Minister at 7 pm today. Choudhury said he along with Atul Bora and Keshab Mahanta, went to the Chief Minister’s office and submitted their papers.
Bora was holding the
portfolios of Agriculture, Horticulture and Food Processing, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary and Town and Country Planning and Mahanta was holding the portfolios of Water Resources, Science and Technology, Information Technology, Cultural Affairs (only Library and Archaeology matters).
Choudhury said that the party leaders, who are holding the posts of chairmen of various public sector autonomous bodies, are yet to resign from their posts. He also said that the date of their resigning from their posts is yet to be finalised as a party meeting is yet to be held for the purpose.
The three AGP leaders, who resigned from their Ministerial posts, rushed to the Uzanbazar headquarters of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), immediately after submitting their papers to the Chief Minister. This has been viewed by the observers here as a patch-up move.
Meanwhile, an AGP source told this newspaper that Dr Kamala Kalita and Ramendra Narayan Kalita have tendered their resignations from the posts of chairmen of the Khadi Board and Amtron respectively. The three others – Ponakan Baruah, Manoj Saikia and Prabin Hazarika who are respectively holding the posts of chairmen of the Assam Petrochemicals Ltd, Assam Live Stock and Poultry Corporation and Assam Seeds Corporation, are expected to submit their resignation letters to the authorities concerned shortly, said the sources.