BJP national President Amit Shah will be campaigning party ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in Assam on Thursday. While Shah is scheduled to attend an election rally in Kaliabor constituency in Central Assam, PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to campaign at Gohpur and Moran on Saturday.
BJP-ally AGP’s candidate for Kaliabor (currently held by Congress), Mani Madhab Mahanta will also be campaigning with his BJP counterparts.
On 12 February 2019, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav had announced that BJP had allied with Asom Gana Parishad and were set to jointly contest in Assam in the upcoming parliament elections along with the Bodoland People's Front forming the third cornerstone of the alliance, as reported by ANI.
Madhav added, "BJP and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) have decided to work together in the coming Parliament election in Assam to defeat Congress. Bodoland People's Front will be the third partner in the alliance".
Summarizing the North East Grand alliance, Madhav had posted on Facebook:
"The BJP, NPP, NDPP, AGP and BPF will fight together in Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh with the mission of defeating Congress party at the hustings. In Tripura, the BJP will fight the elections together with IPFT, our alliance partner. In Sikkim, our alliance will be with SKM, the main Opposition party," read the post by Ram Madhav.
This alliance came as a relief for the NDA because AGP had earlier snapped ties with BJP in January after differences over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
This announcement was made hours after the Centre cleared the redrafted bill on 7 January 2019, that seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 by granting Indian citizenship to Hinds, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and entered India before 31 December 2014.
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