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AGP reiterates opposition to religion-based citizenship
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 BARPETA, Oct 12 - The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has reiterated its opposition towards granting of citizenship on the basis of religion and demanded that March 24, 1971, deadline marked in the Assam Accord, must be adhered to as far as foreigners issue is concerned.Addressing a huge public meeting at Satra Kanara under Baghbar Assembly Constituency in Barpeta district recently, former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said that his party will never compromise on implementation of the Assam Accord.

Regarding the process of updating of the National Register of Citizens, Mahanta demanded strict scrutiny so that no foreign national can take advantage. Without naming the ruling ally BJP, he said that the people of the State after having tasted the rule of the Congress and other parties on one hand and the AGP on the other, have become able to judge the difference.

Mahanta thanked the people of the minority community for their confidence on the secular character of the party and assured that the AGP will abide by its stand on secularism and equality to all irrespective of linguistic and religious barriers. President of the AGP and State Agriculture Minister Atul Bora also echoed similar sentiments and appealed to the people to cooperate with his party in building a new Assam.

Thousands of people, mostly Congressmen joined the party under the presidentship of Rajib Ahmed, the Congress nominee of 2011 Assembly election who contested in 2016 as an Independent candidate.

The meeting was chaired by Gunindra Nath Das, president of Barpeta district committee of the party. AGP leaders Phani Bhusan Choudhury, Kumar Dipak Das and Nurul Hussain were also present on the occasion. Earlier, secretary of the district committee Chittaranjan Barman explained the purpose of the meet. The AGP has been trying hard to strengthen its base in the minority-dominated areas of the district and if the present trend continues, there is every possibility of a positive response in the ensuing Panchayat polls slated for early next year.

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