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"We therefore can not remain an ally of the BJP after this move by the Modi government", AGP president Atul Bora said.

In Tuesday's protest, demonstrators set up blockades with burning tyres and vandalised two BJP offices, disrupting traffic and business from early in the morning to late afternoon.

A small regional party in India quit Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling coalition on Monday, protesting against his bid to give citizenship to hundreds of thousands of non-Muslims from neighboring countries such as Bangladesh.

Police and security forces deployed in Dibrugarh had to fire gunshots in the air to disperse a mob that went unruly and torched BJP offices.

"We don't know the reason behind this cowardly attack which is totally unacceptable", Hek told IANS.

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The Bill has been opposed by a large section of people and organisations in the Northeast.

The activists shouted slogans like "Modi government down down" and asked Bangladeshis to go back to their country. There were widespread protests in the state against the bill.

Responding to the NESO strike, Manjit Sarangthem, President of the All Manipur Students Union (AMSU), said "The opening of the floodgate to the minorities in countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will result in swamping the indigenous people in the northeastern region".

The letter, whose copy was given by Bora to reporters at a press conference on December 10, stated that the AGP is fully committed to the implementation of the Assam Accord of 1985. "Assam alone should not have to bear the entire burden", he said.

The fiery opposition to the measure reflects the complex nature of religious and ethnic identity in Assam, a state already embroiled in a separate citizenship controversy.

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Minus the 14 AGP legislators, the Sonowal government would be left with 73 MLAs, nine more than the majority mark of 64 in the 126-member Assembly.

Suhas Chakma, director of the New Delhi-based Rights and Risks Analysis Group, said the citizenship bill was "absolutely unconstitutional as it targets specific groups". "We now regret entering into an alliance with the BJP".

Roy said there was no effort to evolve a consensus in the Joint Committee of Parliament that examined the Bill.

The Bill, which seeks to amend the Citizenship Act 1955 to grant Indian nationality to people from minority communities - Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians - from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residence in India instead of 12 even if they don't possess any proper document, is expected to be tabled in Lok Sabha today.

Guwahati: Just a day after severing ties with the BJP in Assam, a senior leader of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), an important ally of the saffron party in the state, has dared the party to seek a fresh mandate from the people of the state.

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On Sunday, BJP chief Amit Shah issued a veiled warning to all allies, particularly Shiv Sena, and said that if no alliance happens for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will crush its ex-allies like its opponents. "We were the first state government and cabinet to come out with an official resolution that we are against the bill", Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told journalists on Monday night.


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