Assam: Former CM barred from party office over anti-CAA stand

Assam: Former CM barred from party office over anti-CAA stand

GUWAHATI | JAN 8, 2020:

Cracks in the Bharatiya Janata Party and its ally Asom Gana Parishad have come out strongly after its party supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) barred former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and his colleagues to enter in the party head office in Guwahati on Tuesday.

Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and his colleagues were forced to hold anti-CAA the meeting at Lakhiram Baruah Sadan of Asom Sahita Sabha after some leaders of AGP locked the main gates of the party head office and deployed heavy security personnel in front of the office.

A section of the party leaders, workers led by Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and two other party MLAs held a meeting and decided to continue their protests against the CAA.

Reacting over it, former Assam Chief Minister and senior leader AGP Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said that it is an undemocratic act.

"It is an undemocratic act. It is going to insult the party constitution and the AGP workers," Mahanta said.

Mahanta urged all the party workers to oppose CAA.

Prafulla Kumar Mahanta's remarks become more significant at the moment when some leaders of the party including its president, working president and other top leaders have come out in support of CAA.

Three top leaders of AGP, including its president Atul Bora, working president Keshab Mahanta and Phani Bhushan Choudhury had been inducted as cabinet ministers in the Sarbananda Sonowal-led cabinet.

Reacting over the AGP ministers move to the Supreme Court to file a petition against the CAA, the former Assam Chief Minister said that they only going to appeal the court that Assam should be excluded from the purview of CAA.

"The only Rajya Sabha member of the party had criticized the CAB and later voted in favour of the bill. As per section 155 of the Indian Evidence Act, if anybody intentionally doing something and challenged in the court, he may be punishable," Mahanta said.

Source: IT

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