The ally trouble for the BJP continued with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Monday deciding to break ties with the saffron party over the Citizenship Bill.
"We had categorically said that we will not allow the bill to be passed at any cost and tried till the last moment", he added.
The AGP on Monday withdrew its support to the ruling BJP-led coalition government after its "last-ditch attempt to convince" the Centre to withdraw the proposed legislation failed.
"I have chose to resign from the party because the people and my community are important than the party", said Bora.
"The home minister clearly told us they will try to get this bill passed tomorrow, so there's no question of us staying with the BJP anymore", AGP President Atul Bora told reporters in New Delhi.
Three AGP ministers in the state cabinet - Bora (agriculture), Keshab Mahanta (water resources) and Phanibhushan Choudhury (food and civil supplies) - will tender their resignations and complete the other related formalities on Wednesday, the party chief said.
Interestingly, while all these was happening outside the office of the Cachar Deputy Commissioner, members of North East Linguistic and Ethnic Coordination Committee (NELECC) hailed the developments and termed this to be a historic move to solve a perrinial problem faced by the people of Assam. We never dreamt that the BJP could do this to the people of Assam.
"The BJP won many seats in the Assembly elections (in 2016) only due to the AGP".
Police said the situation turned unruly suddenly after a group of people shouting slogans against the Bill gathered in front of the BJP office in Amolapatty in Dibrugarh and ransacked it. Later, opposing the bill, members of Congress and TMC staged a walkout. "Numerous constituents of the NEDA including Mizoram's ruling party Mizo National Front (MNF) are also opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill", Debbarma said.
"If the bill in its present form comes into effect, then it will nullify the Assam Accord under which anyone entering the state illegally after March 1971 should be declared a foreigner and deported,"an opposition MP said".
Asked if the National People's Party will put out of the BJP-led NDA government, the NPP Chief said: "We have been very clear to the NDA that this is something we will not support. The AGP protested against the bill ever since it was proposed", the AGP founder said.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and entered India before December 31, 2014 after six years of residence in this country. Sarma said that those aware of Assam's history knew that Jinnah's Muslim League had wanted it to be a part of Pakistan, but the effort was thwarted first by former Chief Minister Gopinath Bordoloi and then by the Congress.
Tripura's oldest tribal based party INPT (Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura) blocked the national highway and the lone railway line in the state last month, demanding withdrawal of the Bill.
He said the BJP is in a hurry to pass the Bill in the Parliament to gain political mileage ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
"AGP has been opposing the bill even before the constitution of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) and by holding protests in New Delhi when the JPC meeting was underway".