The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president and Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora on September 8th, 2019 made it official that the regional party is open to forge an alliance to contest the upcoming Assam Assembly elections 2021.
It may be mentioned that the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance(NDA) which includes AGP and Bodoland People’s Front(BPF) formed its first government in Assam. However, this year the coalition government saw a roller coaster ride after the AGP had pulled out of the BJP-led government in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Amid massive protests the contentious Bill lapsed in the Rajya Sabha.
However, the AGP is yet to disclose the name of the party with whom they would make an alliance. On the other hand, Bora while being stern on the party’s stand on the National Register of Citizens(NRC) reiterated that they press for “re-verification” of the documents.
“Our stand on the final list of NRC is the same and we demand a re-verification of the exclusion list. The list was introduced to weed out illegal migrants from Assam but that didn’t happen,” Bora said addressing a presser here.
“We want an error-free NRC and not a single Indian should be left out from it,” he added.
It may be mentioned that the Assam government on August 31st, 2019 officially released the final NRC list where names of 3,11,21,004 persons were found eligible for inclusion, leaving out 19,06,657 persons including those who did not submit claims.
The process of NRC update in Assam differs from the rest of the country and is governed by Rule 4A and the corresponding Schedule of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003. These rules have been framed as per the cut-off date of March 24th,(Midnight), 1971 decided as per Assam Accord.