People of Assam Greet PM Modi with Black Flags over Citizenship Bill

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted in Guwahati in Assam amid protests by the All Assam Students Association (AASU) on February 8.

PM Modi on his two day tour to the north eastern states before the 2019 polls, was received with black flags over the passage of the Citizenship bill.

The Prime Minister will visit and address a mass gathering in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura on Saturday. PM Modi will launch a slew of developmental projects worth Rs. 4000 crore.

The BJP leader will lay the foundation stone at Hollongi in Arunachal Pradesh for the construction of Greenfield Airport, foundation stone for permanent campus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Jote in Arunachal Pradesh.

PM Modi will also lay the foundation stone of Sela tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh. A 110 megawatt (MW) Pare Hydroelectric plant in Arunachal Pradesh will also be inaugurated.

A new DD Channel for Arunachal Pradesh (DD Arun Prabha) at IG Park, Itanagar will be initiated by the BJP leader.

In the afternoon, PM Modi at a rally in Changsari in Assam said, “Bharat Ratna used to be reserved for some people the moment they were born, it used to take decades to honour people who spent their lives to bring honour to nation. I feel proud that during BJP government we got the chance to give Bharat Ratna to Gopinath Bordoloi and Bhupen Hazarika.”

Earlier on February 8 around 6:30 PM ,when PM Modi’s convoy crossed the AASU headquarters, slogans like “Modi go back”, “Scrap Citizenship Amendment Bill”, ‘Joi Aai Asom (Glory to Mother Assam)’ reverbated on the MG road.

On February 8, the AASU president had said, “The pain of the indigenous people of Assam will be seen across Assam tomorrow… Effigies of the Prime Minister will be burnt in every corner in the state.”

The hue and cry over the passage of the Citizenship Bill in Assam is because of the minorities like Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jains and Buddhists from Bangladesh residing in India since last 7 years will be granted Indian citizenship.

This Bill contradicts with the earlier rule where the period of stay was measured to 12 years. The reformed Citizenship Bill has already been passed in the Lok Sabha and is due to be passed in Rajya Sabha.

Later in the day, the PM is due to attend a mass gathering at Agartala in Tripura, where 3 MPs of the opposition CPM had on February 8 stated to boycott the Prime Minister’s  visit to the state and had voiced, “The bill is against the spirit of our constitution.”

In Tripura, PM Modi is also due to launch a bunch of projects. The list includes inauguration of the statue of Tripura’s last ruler Birbikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur at the airport, inaugurate a new block of Indian Institue of Technology (IIT) at Tripura Institute of Technology premises.

Also, a 23 km rail track between Garjee in Gomati district and Belonia in South Tripura will also receive the PM’s go ahead.

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