As­sam: AGP walk­ing out is an emo­tional loss, says Hi­manta

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­mar Ut­tam

NEW DELHI: The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP)’S de­ci­sion to sever ties with “nat­u­ral ally” BJP is an “emo­tional loss” but the de­vel­op­ment will not have any bear­ing on the Lok Sabha elec­tions this sum­mer, As­sam fi­nance min­is­ter Hi­manta Biswa Sarma said on Sun­day. The 49-year-old leader, who is con­sid­ered the BJP point per­son for the north­east where the party has made sig­nif­i­cant gains in the past three years, said he was ready to wel­come the AGP if it wanted to re­turn to the NDA.

“We will never close the doors for the AGP,” Sarma said in an in­ter­view. “Yes, it [the AGP walk­ing out of the al­liance] is an emo­tional set­back for us be­cause they were friends, and by and large our ide­o­log­i­cal line was the same. I am more emo­tion­ally upset, rather than elec­torally.”

Last week, the As­sam-based party pulled out of Bjp-led gov­ern­ment in the state over the Cit­i­zen­ship Amend­ment Bill, which seeks to give cit­i­zen­ship rights to non-mus­lims from Bangladesh, Pak­istan and Afghanistan.

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