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BJP loses two allies within a span of one-and-half months
The BJP, which is presently ruling in seven Northeastern states, has lost two allies within a span of one-and-half months in the Northeast.

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) had withdrawn its support to the BJP-led government in Assam on January 6, 2019 over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

For the same reason the United Democratic Party (UDP) of Meghalaya has of late cut its ties with the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) led by the BJP. The BJP formed the NEDA after its victory in the Assam assembly elections in 2016 with Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma as its convener. Initially, the alliance consisted of the BJP and non-Congress parties across the Northeast. But now number of its constituents reduced as the AGP and the UDP cut their ties with the BJP or the NEDA.

While the AGP has 14 MLAs in Assam, the UDP has nine MLAs in Meghalaya. The UDP is also a constituent of Meghalaya's ruling alliance MDA led by National People's Party. The party had severed its ties with the NEDA after BJP president Amit Shah's address at a rally in Assam's Lakhimpur on February 17, 2019 categorically stating that his party will again bring the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill if it is voted to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Opposing it the party immediately announced its decision to sever ties with the NEDA.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which saw a natural death due to non-tabulation of it in the Rajya Sabha during the recently concluded Budget Session of the Parliament, created uproarious situation in almost entire Northeast India till the second week of February, 2019.

The NPP, which is the major constituent of Meghalaya's ruling alliance, also protested against the Bill and threatened to severe ties with the NEDA and the BJP if the Bill got passed in the Upper House. The party had also threatened to withdraw support to the BJP-led government in Manipur and alliance government of Nagaland. However, it continues to maintain silence after Amit Shah announcing the BJP's stand on the controversial Bill.

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