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AGP ministers resign from the Sonowal-led government in Assam
Amidst escalating protests against the controversial Citizenship (amendment) Bill, 2016, in Assam, all three Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) ministers on Wednesday resigned from the Sarbanada Sonowal-led cabinet.

Earlier on Monday this week, the AGP had dropped its support to the state BJP-led government. In accordance with the stand, the AGP ministers on Wednesday around 6 pm submitted their resignation papers to the chief minister. After submitting their resignation papers the trio addressed the media and said that they would remain committed towards indigenous populace of the state.

Atul Bora AGP president, who held Agriculture and some other portfolios, said, 'We tried till the last moment to change the minds of the BJP leadership. But our all endeavours fall in their deaf ears as the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh categorically stated that the government would go ahead with the controversial bill and table it in the Parliament. They (the BJP) have betrayed us and we have taken decision to cut ties with them (sic)."

The two other AGP ministers, who resigned today, were Keshab Mahanta, who is also the working president of the party and Phanibhushan Choudhury.        

However, the AGP ministers' resignations could not topple or rattle the Sonowal-led BJP government as it still enjoys support from the Bodoland People's Party (BPF), which has 12 MLAs. The BJP has 61 MLAs in the state. The main opposition party the Congress has 25 MLAs in the 126-seated Assam assembly.  

The BJP had formed an alliance with the AGP and BPF apart from other three regional parties namely the Tiwa Jatiya Okya Mancha, Gana Shakti and Rabha Hasong Youtha Sangram Samity before the last assembly elections held in May 2016. The AGP had faced hard criticism from various sections of the state for continuing with the alliance with the BJP. For such criticism as well as its opposition towards the Citizenship (amendment) Bill, the regional party went out to fight alone in the recently held panchayat elections of the state.

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