Hollering opportunists

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Hollering opportunists

Swapnil Bharali | November 24, 2018 14:10 hrs


Hollering, shouting, yelling, “biting”… I checked the thesaurus: synonyms galore to describe the basic activity that the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is indulging in right now. The threat of this torchbearer of Assam’s regionalism is massive: should the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill get passed in the Parliament and become an Act, we will pull out of the coalition in the state government! Wow, now ain’t that scary?


For long I have remembered Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya speaking on national media some years ago about why he considered the AGP’s stints in power as a betrayal of the people’s expectations. Yes, he had used the word “betray.” Ministers Atul Bora and Keshab Mahanta and people of their ilk are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the bite containing their protest reaches every nook and corner of the country through the media. I am not sure if they are the ones that are responsible but the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) formed to explore the pros and cons of pushing the Bill through lies fractured today. This only speaks of how wrong the Bill actually is and how clearly it has been designed to push the political agendum of the ruling party and is not really in the interest of the demographic health of the nation.


Given such a situation and the fact that the Bill is set to be passed into an Act in the Parliament before the 2019 national polls, it is nothing but amusing to watch the dramatic rhetoric of our leaders from the AGP. Dear Bora Sir and Mahanta Sir, what you need to do now is stop “biting” around with the media and set an agenda for true action. What you need to do now is to pull out of the coalition immediately and reduce the state government’s majority in the House. Only such an act would ruffle enough feathers to truly highlight how damaging the Bill is to Assam’s fragile demography. Also, it might just be the key to divert the attention from the Bill and stall its progress for the moment.


If the AGP does not pull this stunt now, it would forever be seen as opportunists and Dr Samujjal’s opinion of yore would be confirmed because there is no point breaking the coalition after the Bill becomes an Act.

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