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AGP to step up stir against citizenship Bill

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GUWAHATI, June 1 - The AGP today reiterated that it would not budge on its demand for withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and announced another leg of agitation from June 7.

The regional party, also a partner in the BJP-led coalition government in the State, has also decided to extend its signature campaign against the Bill up to June 15 following requests from its district committees.

Addressing a press conference here, AGP general secretary Ramendra Narayan Kalita said on June 7, the party will launch another round of agitation from Bongaigaon.

�On that day, people will come out to the streets playing the conch, drums, cymbals to register their protest against the anti-Assam forces. We will launch the programme at Bongaigaon and hold similar protests in other districts of the State later,� Kalita said.

He said the target to get 50 lakh participants in the signature campaign has been achieved, but the campaign will continue as the local committees have sought more time.

�We want to make one thing clear; the government will have to withdraw the Bill. There will be no compromise on the issue,� he added.

Asked why the AGP ministers did not raise the issue in today�s Cabinet meeting, Kalita said that before the Cabinet met, the Chief Minister had a meeting with the three ministers from the AGP.

�The Chief Minister had assured that the issue will be discussed at the coordination committee meeting of the coalition partners. The coordination committee will also hold discussions with various other organisations. There was goodwill on the part of the Chief Minister, so we decided to wait till the coordination committee meets,� Kalita said.

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AGP to step up stir against citizenship Bill

GUWAHATI, June 1 - The AGP today reiterated that it would not budge on its demand for withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and announced another leg of agitation from June 7.

The regional party, also a partner in the BJP-led coalition government in the State, has also decided to extend its signature campaign against the Bill up to June 15 following requests from its district committees.

Addressing a press conference here, AGP general secretary Ramendra Narayan Kalita said on June 7, the party will launch another round of agitation from Bongaigaon.

�On that day, people will come out to the streets playing the conch, drums, cymbals to register their protest against the anti-Assam forces. We will launch the programme at Bongaigaon and hold similar protests in other districts of the State later,� Kalita said.

He said the target to get 50 lakh participants in the signature campaign has been achieved, but the campaign will continue as the local committees have sought more time.

�We want to make one thing clear; the government will have to withdraw the Bill. There will be no compromise on the issue,� he added.

Asked why the AGP ministers did not raise the issue in today�s Cabinet meeting, Kalita said that before the Cabinet met, the Chief Minister had a meeting with the three ministers from the AGP.

�The Chief Minister had assured that the issue will be discussed at the coordination committee meeting of the coalition partners. The coordination committee will also hold discussions with various other organisations. There was goodwill on the part of the Chief Minister, so we decided to wait till the coordination committee meets,� Kalita said.

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