New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed a rally in Assam and said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre wants to free the country from infiltrators, amid protests over the Citizenship Bill.
“We want to free the country from the infiltrators. It reflects in our stringent actions against them,” PM Modi said addressing a rally in Guwahati. PM Modi also said he will ensure that Clause 6 of the Assam Accord is successfully implemented that speaks about protecting, preserving and promoting the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for construction of Greenfield Airport at Hollongi and inaugurated a retrofitted airport at Tezu in Lohit district in Arunachal Pradesh. He also inaugurated the new Doordarshan channel for Arunachal Pradesh, DD Arun Prabha. PM Modi is on a two-day visit to Northeast.
Addressing the gathering in Itanagar, PM Modi had said, “I would like to congratulate the state and the CM that every household here now has electricity connection under ‘Saubhagya’ scheme. What Arunachal Pradesh achieved today will soon be achieved by the entire nation.”
He later laid the foundation of a six-lane bridge over river Brahmaputra and kicked off construction work of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Changsari. After the inauguration, PM Modi flew to Tripura and addressed a public rally.
The rally was seen as bugle for the upcoming general elections. Massive security arrangements had been made ahead of PM Modi’s visit. PM Modi is on a two-day visit to the Northeast. He reached Guwahati on Friday evening. The Kamrup administration has imposed Section 144 of CrPC in a few localities of the city.
Notably, Members of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) had shown black flags to PM Modi and shouted slogans against the Citizenship Bill as he travelled to Raj Bhavan from the airport after he arrived in the city on Friday evening.
Slogans like ‘Modi go back’, ‘Scrap Citizenship Amendment Bill’, ‘Joi Aai Asom’ (Glory to Mother Assam) was raised. Notably, several groups and organization had hold protest against the bill and demanded the government to remove the bill.
Recently, Ace Manipuri filmmaker Aribam Shyam Sharma had returned the Padma Shri Award to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. He said that the bill is not in the interest of the people of northeast and the indigenous people of Manipur.
The proposed Citizenship Bill has triggered apprehension in the region that it will not be in the interest of the indigenous people of North-East. Political parties and civic groups in the northeast say if this is implemented, “outsiders” will overwhelm the local population.
The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.