In a latest twist, flip-flopping Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader Atul Bora has again been caught batting for the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, after he was seen matching steps with BJP leaders at a 'pro-CAA' rally, merely days after seeming to oppose it.
Although the BJP processions are being given the tags of 'peace rallies', they have been conceptualized by the Centre to counter the alleged "campaign of 'misinformation" against the 'CAA' and the NRC by the saffron unit's political rivals.
In today's rally, at Jagiroad, Bora was seen leading the charge alongside BJP leaders such as President Ranjeet Dass, Pijush Hazarika, and the most vocal supporter of the 'CAA', Himanta Biswa Sarma.
In these rallies, Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has gone on the offensive against the political rivals, most notably the Congress, for spreading 'misinformation' about the CAA. At a recent rally in Barpeta, Biswa Sarma had even mocked that the protests should win a Guinness award because of the 'misinformation' element in the same.
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Although Himanta and other BJP leaders have come out swinging against the 'CAA', Bora's participation in a rally launched in defense of the 'CAA' has raised eyebrows, as the AGP has recently come out in opposition to the Bill-turned-Act.
At a recent press conference, Atul Bora had said that the AGP has taken the fight against the CAA to the Supreme Court, and also resolved to stand for the rights of the indigenous people of Assam.
However, Bora's flip-flopping stand on the issue of the 'CAA' is nothing new. The leader, who is a member of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal's cabinet, quit the alliance with the BJP amid mounting pressure when the 'CAA' (then 'CAB') was introduced in January. Later, the AGP re-kindled its ties with the BJP ahead of the General Elections.
When the C(A)B was re-introduced again, AGP supporters waited with bated breath for Bora to speak up against the Bill, however, they were soon left with a sour taste in their mouths. Bora and his cohorts did fly to Delhi to hold discussions with Amit Shah, which proved to be ultimately futile. Later, protesters mocked Bora over his silence on the issue, and he became the object of the anti-CAA brigade's ire for being 'complicit' in the enactment of the CAA.
After the 'CAB' turned into the 'CAA', Bora came out in front of the press and vowed to oppose the 'CAA', but today, he was again seen participating in a BJP rally supporting the same.
The continuing saga of Atul Bora and the 'CAA' leads one to question: is the AGP President a man of many faces?
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