Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday met with an eight-member delegation of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) that is seeking support against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 that is expected to be brought up in the winter session of Parliament.

Former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, leading the delegation, urged Kumar not to support the bill that, he said, was a threat to regional languages along with the culture of Assam.

AGP, like the JD-U in Bihar, is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is part of the NDA government in the state.

Atul Bora, the AGP president and Assam Agriculture Minister, praised Kumar for earlier passing a resolution at Janata Dal - U national executive meeting in Delhi to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and asked him to continue to support it in the interest of Assam and other northeastern states.

"We need your support from both inside and outside the Parliament," Bora said.

Former Union Minister Birender Prasad Baishya, Assam Food Minister Phani Bhushan Chaudhary, legislator Brindaban Goswami, AGP’s working president Keshab Mahanta, Ramendra Narayan, and Khadi and Village Industries Board chairperson Kamla Kanta Kalita were also part of the delegation.

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