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It referred to the understanding arrived at prior to the Assam Assembly election, 2016, and said the AGP had made a decision to go for the alliance during a discussion with the BJP in New Delhi on "the basis of clear understanding of the Assam Accord, other major issues of Assam, including the seat adjustments".

"The beneficiaries of Citizenship Amendment Bill can reside in any state of the country".

Accusing the BJP of adopting an anti-Assam policy, Mahanta said, "Let the BJP form a new government alone".

"The BJP-led government was formed in Assam on the basis of a pre-poll alliance with the AGP".

"We have extended support to the ongoing bandh today, so chose to postpone the formalities to resign for tomorrow", Bora said. The Home Minister said the Union Cabinet has also approved the grant of ST status to six communities of Assam, namely Tai Ahom, Koch Rajbongshi, Chutia, Tea Tribes, Moran, and Matak.

The bill seeks to give citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, who came to India before December 31, 2014.

Terming it an "unfortunate" development, Sangma said his government had opposed the Bill and the cabinet had even passed a resolution against it.

The AGP had earlier expressed reservations with the Bill saying it would make the Assam Accord meaningless. The North East Students' Union (NESO) - the umbrella student body representing all the states - has also called for the bandh across seven northeastern states, which is being supported by the AGP, the Congress and 30 other ethnic organizations from Assam.

"Let us see. We will call a party meeting and decide how the future roadmap", he said. "I have been hearing since my childhood that Bangladeshis will be weeded out of Assam and it saddens me that the people who were a part of the agitation against illegal foreigners are now part of the government and pushing for the passage of the Bill", the singer wrote in the letter. "But, unfortunately, JPC has now taken a "U-turn" by ignoring the public sentiment prevalent in the state", AGP president Atul Bora said.

Assam Police personnel remove black flags from Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) activists protesting with 69 other indigenous organisations of Assam during a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016. "We now regret entering into an alliance with the BJP".

The minister said that not much was done over the past 35 years to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord which provides for taking steps to promote the social, cultural and linguistic identity of the state.

The TDP and Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samta Party quit the BJP-led NDA in the last one year during which the saffron party also parted ways with the PDP-headed coalition in Jammu and Kashmir.

As the Congress and the TMC's demand for sending the Bill again to a parliamentary panel were rejected by the government, they staged a walkout.

"We will oppose the Bill in a bigger way now. There is a divisive nature to this bill and the draft committee has shot down all suggested amendments", Professor Sougata Roy, a member of parliament from Trinamool Congress, said during the protest.