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Regional party quits India’s ruling coalition over citizenship row

NEW DELHI ( ) – A small regional party in India quit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling coalition on Monday, protest上海品茶工作室ing against his bid to give citizenship to hundreds of thousands of non-Muslims from neighboring countries such as Bangladesh.

Modi said last week his government was determined to pass a bill in parliament to relax rules for Hindus and other non-Muslim minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan to become citizens of Hindu-majority India.

Critics have called the bill, to be discussed in parliament on Tuesday, an attempt by Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiy,上海品茶会所Octavien,a Janata Party (BJP) to boost its Hindu voter base ahead of a national election due by May.

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), based in the border state of Assam in India’s northeast, has become the fourth ally to quit the ruling National Democratic Alliance in the past year, for a variety of reasons.

Protests have erupted in recent months and on Monday in Assam, where a movement against illegal immigrants, of all religions, from Bangladesh has simmered for decades, with some residents blaming them for eating into their resources and job opportunities.

It is estimated that millions of Bengali-speaking people in Assam trace their roots to Muslim-majority Bangladesh, which won independence from Pakistan in 1971 with India’s help.

“The home minister clearly told us they will try to get this bill passed tomorrow, so there’s no question us staying with the BJP anymore,” AGP President Atul Bora told reporters in New Delhi.

The BJP has the numbers in the Assam assembly to stay ,上海品茶水磨Hal,in power in the state despite the AGP pullout, but the regional party could help galvanize anger amongst many ethnic Assamese opposed to giving citizenship to migrants who came to India after 1971.

That could hurt the BJP’s goal of sharply increasing its parliamentary seats from the northeast region of the country in the national election.

At least two of the parties that have left the BJP fold have already largely agreed to ally with the main opposition Congress, which hopes to take on Modi as a united front and says the citizenship should not discriminate against Muslims.

The BJP says it is in favor of institutionalist “constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards” to the ethnic Assamese, but also wants to give citizenship to Hindus from Bangladesh as the growth in the Hindu population of Assam had been overtaken by that of Muslims.

“We’re trying to save Assam from Jinnah,” BJP leader and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, referring to Pakistan founder Muhammad ,上海外卖品茶群Gabriella,Ali Jinnah who was instrumental in carving Muslim-dominated Pakistan out of India after winning independence from British colonial rule in 1947.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley addresses Manchester United transfer interest in Sean Longstaff

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has made a rare public statement over Manchester United’s transfer interest in one of his star players, declaring unequivocally that Sean Longstaff is not for sale.

United are interested in signing Longstaff as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to overhaul his midfield following the departure of Ander Herrera at the end of last season. The Reds are also keen on Sporting CP playmaker Bruno Fernandes in that position.

Yet on Longstaff, they have been told that Newcastle don’t want to sell, with manager Steve Bruce confident of keeping the talented 21-year-old.

And now Ash爱上海ley, who has been interviewed in the Daily Mail, has reaffirmed that message.

“The message we want to put out is that he is not for sale,” he said. “If you’ve got one like Sean – keep him.”

The news will come as a blow to Solskjaer who, MEN Sport understands, remains to keen to add two more transfers to the additions of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer.

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Longstaff has only play,上海品茶QQFabiana,ed nine times for the Newcastle first team, but impressed under former boss Rafa Benitez this season and United believe he could improve at the club to fill a d,上海品茶会所Dane,efensive midfield berth. Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic are United’s current options to play that role if Longstaff does not arrive.

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