As­sam

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO -

The Bill has plunged As­sam into a tur­moil, cre­at­ing an un­prece­dented com­mon ground for the AGP and tra­di­tional ri­val Con­gress. The over­tures from the Con­gress on at least two oc­ca­sions sug­gest pos­si­bil­i­ties of po­ten­tial new po­lit­i­cal fronts in the fu­ture, HT re­ported on Sun­day. At present, the com­mon ground, lead­ers of both par­ties say, is lim­ited to re­sist­ing the bill.

Sarma said As­sam had changed, but the AGP lead­er­ship was still stuck in the days of the As­sam ag­i­ta­tion. “The AGP does not un­der­stand this to­day, but they will re­alise this in days to come,” Sarma said, adding that an al­liance be­tween “indige­nous As­samese, trib­als and those who con­sider In­dia as their mother” was needed to main­tain so­cial equi­lib­rium.

Sarma ad­mit­ted that cer­tain states, such as Ma­nipur and Megha­laya, have reser­va­tions over the bill, but the Cen­tre had of­fered to in­cen­tivise the Ben­gali Hindu pop­u­la­tion that wanted to re­lo­cate to other parts of the coun­try.

He said the BJP will try to “clear the con­fu­sion” around the bill and com­mu­ni­cate the cor­rect mes­sage. “We be­lieve so­cial bal­ance will fi­nally re­turn,” he said.

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