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AGP withdraws support to the BJP-led government in Assam
In a set back to the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), one of its allies in Assam, on Monday, has withdrawn support to the Sarbanada Sonowal-led government.

The development has come at a time when several organisations have been intensifying their protests against the Citizenship (amendment) Bill, 2016. After facing stern criticism from various sections of the state the regional political outfit has announced cutting of ties with the saffron party, which, according to some political analysts would have great ramifications for any political equation in the Northeast in the days to come.

AGP president Atul Bora after a meeting with Union Home minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi today announced his party's decision to scrape tie with the BJP. Bora told media that the BJP's whimsicality regarding the Citizenship (amendment) Bill compelled it to severe the ties.

"We have categorically stated our stand we could not remain with you (the BJP), if the controversial bill turns into laws." Earlier, on Monday, the Union Cabinet had passed the controversial bill in toto to present in the Parliament.

However, severing of ties by the AGP could not make unstable the Sonowal-led government as it still enjoys support from the Bodoland People's Party (BPF), which has 12 MLAs. With the BPF's support the BJP-led government could easily survive as the saffron party has 61 MLAs in the house of 126 seats. The Rabha Hason Youtha Sangram Samity, another ally of the BJP has one MLA. The AGP has 14 MLAs among whom three including its president Bora and working president Keshab Mahanta had been inducted into the Sonowal Cabinet.  

Interestingly, the AGP fought alone in the recently concluded panchayat elections in the state for its opposition to the Citizenship (amendment) Bill. However, it failed to show might as it lost majority seats to the BJP or the Congress.

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