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Parliament nod will harm secular fabric of India: AGP

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GUWAHATI, Jan 17 - Reiterating that the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, former Chief Minister PK Mahanta today said that the proposed legislation, if turned into an Act, would not only violate provisions of the Assam Accord but would also harm the secular fabric of India.

Speaking at a press conference here, Mahanta said all political parties have supported the full implementation of various clauses of the Assam Accord.

�All parties had supported the Assam Accord. The letter and spirit of the Accord is sacrosanct and should not be violated in any way. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be a violation of the provisions of the Accord. Our stand is clear. We cannot allow any infringement of the Assam Accord,� said Mahanta, adding that the Centre should take immediate steps to implement Clause 6 of the document which deals with providing Constitutional protection to the locals.

He said the AGP wants the issue of foreigners to be settled on the basis of the Assam Accord and with March 25, 1971 as the cut-off date.

Asked if passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill would affect the secular fabric of the country, Mahanta replied in the affirmative and said, �It will change the basic character of India.�

Asked about the stand AGP would adopt in case the Bill is passed by the Parliament, Mahanta said, �The party is opposed to the Bill and it will take an appropriate decision at the appropriate time (in case the Bill is passed).�

Regarding demands raised by certain organisations in recent days to separate Barak Valley from Assam and give the region the status of a Union Territory, Mahanta said, �Maybe there is a section which is demanding separation of Barak Valley from Assam, but there are others who are opposed to such a demand. We do not want any further division of Assam. However, we cannot stop anybody from raising such a demand.�

Mahanta was noncommittal on KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi�s recent comments regarding the need for formation of a third front in Assam and said that any front or formal alliance must be based on ideology or some common minimum programme.

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Parliament nod will harm secular fabric of India: AGP

GUWAHATI, Jan 17 - Reiterating that the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, former Chief Minister PK Mahanta today said that the proposed legislation, if turned into an Act, would not only violate provisions of the Assam Accord but would also harm the secular fabric of India.

Speaking at a press conference here, Mahanta said all political parties have supported the full implementation of various clauses of the Assam Accord.

�All parties had supported the Assam Accord. The letter and spirit of the Accord is sacrosanct and should not be violated in any way. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be a violation of the provisions of the Accord. Our stand is clear. We cannot allow any infringement of the Assam Accord,� said Mahanta, adding that the Centre should take immediate steps to implement Clause 6 of the document which deals with providing Constitutional protection to the locals.

He said the AGP wants the issue of foreigners to be settled on the basis of the Assam Accord and with March 25, 1971 as the cut-off date.

Asked if passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill would affect the secular fabric of the country, Mahanta replied in the affirmative and said, �It will change the basic character of India.�

Asked about the stand AGP would adopt in case the Bill is passed by the Parliament, Mahanta said, �The party is opposed to the Bill and it will take an appropriate decision at the appropriate time (in case the Bill is passed).�

Regarding demands raised by certain organisations in recent days to separate Barak Valley from Assam and give the region the status of a Union Territory, Mahanta said, �Maybe there is a section which is demanding separation of Barak Valley from Assam, but there are others who are opposed to such a demand. We do not want any further division of Assam. However, we cannot stop anybody from raising such a demand.�

Mahanta was noncommittal on KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi�s recent comments regarding the need for formation of a third front in Assam and said that any front or formal alliance must be based on ideology or some common minimum programme.

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