Guwahati: Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) and six other BJP allies in the Northeast have decided to jointly fight the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.

The regional parties in the region, which are in alliance with the BJP, will meet in Guwahati on Tuesday to discuss the controversial Bill, which is likely to be placed in the Rajya Sabha in the Budget session.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma and Assam’s regional political party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) are taking the lead role in organising the convention to be held in Guwahati on Tuesday.

Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga and his party Mizo National Front (MNF), Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio-led Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), Tripura’s Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) and NPP leaders of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur will take part in the convention.

AGP president Atul Bora said that a convention of all regional political parties of the Northeast will be held in Guwahati on January 30.

On Monday, a delegation of the JD(U) led by its general secretary KC Tyagi had arrived in Guwahati and held a meeting with the AGP leaders. The JD(U) team has promised to extend their support to AGP in view of their protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

“JD(U) is also opposed to the bill and we are with the AGP and the people of Assam. We also extended our support to the meeting called by the AGP tomorrow,” Tyagi said.