As protests against Citizenship Amendment Bill are turning severe in Assam and other parts of North Eastern states and BJP seems to be helpless, the Congress asked Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who is heading the first ever BJP government in the state, to come out protesting this bill. In such a case, it assured that the party will extend support for him to form non-BJP government.
Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Debabrata Saikia has asked Sonowal, a former AGP leader, to quit the BJP and form a new government with his party’s support.
In view of the current situation in the state following the Citizenship Amendment Bill giving rise to protests here, Saikia suggested that Sonowal should leave BJP and come out with even just 40 of his MLAs.
“We will have Sonowal only as the chief minister of Assam again. We have 25 legislators in the 126-member House. We can take support from AGP and other parties to form the new state government,” he added.
The current 14th Assembly has 61 BJP, 25 Congress, 14 Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), 13 AIUDF, 12 Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) and one independent MLA.
Meanwhile, the AGP president Atul Bora, who had snapped ties with the two-and-a-half-year-old Sonowal government on January 7 over the Centre introducing and passing the Bill in Lok Sabha, indicated that it may restore its ties with BJP in the state.