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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of sev­eral de­vel­op­ment projects in Itana­gar on Satur­day. He laid the foun­da­tion stones of projects worth over ~4,000 crore and said his gov­ern­ment was giv­ing a lot of im­por­tance to im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity in Arunachal Pradesh. Terming the state ‘pride’ of the coun­try, Modi said it was the duty of the gov­ern­ment to de­velop the state at any cost.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Satur­day as­sured the peo­ple of As­sam and the North­east that the Cit­i­zen­ship Bill will in no way cause harm to their in­ter­ests.

Ad­dress­ing a rally in Changsari, the con­stituency of As­sam Health Min­is­ter Hi­manta Biswa Sarma, he said the Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance (NDA) gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing the lan­guage, cul­ture, re­sources, hopes and as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple of As­sam and the North­east.

“It is a na­tional com­mit­ment to the peo­ple of the North­east, that they will not be harmed in any way. Cit­i­zen­ship will be only granted af­ter due in­ves­ti­ga­tion and rec­om­men­da­tion of the state gov­ern­ments,” Modi said.

It must be un­der­stood there is a dif­fer­ence be­tween those who force­fully en­tered the coun­try, and those who were “forced to flee their homes to save their lives due to their faith. Both are not the same”, he as­serted.

“We are com­mit­ted to pro­vide shel­ter to those who are mi­nori­ties in neigh­bour­ing coun­tries, and had to leave ev­ery­thing due to the atroc­i­ties in­flicted on them. They have come to our coun­try and em­braced the idea and ethos of In­dia,” he said.

Modi also said the BJP is com­mit­ted to im­ple­ment­ing the 36-year-old As­sam Ac­cord, and a com­mit­tee set up on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of its Clause 6 is a step in that direc­tion.

The gov­ern­ment wants to make As­sam the oil and gas hub of the coun­try, and in the last four years projects worth ~14,000 crore have been com­pleted, he said.

He said the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments "failed" to hon­our these icons and it was the BJP gov­ern­ment which took the ini­tia­tive of con­fer­ring the Bharat Ratna on As­sam's first chief min­is­ter Gopinath Bor­doloi dur­ing Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee's term and now to mu­sic leg­end Hazarika.

Prior to the rally, the prime min­is­ter laid the foun­da­tion stone of the All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ences to be set up at Changsari.

Later in the day, Modi in­au­gu­rated and laid the foun­da­tion stone of projects worth over ~4,000 crore in Arunachal Pradesh’s cap­i­tal Itana­gar. He said his gov­ern­ment was giv­ing a lot of im­por­tance to im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity in the sen­si­tive border state.

“Arunachal is a sym­bol of faith for the coun­try as it gives us strength. The peo­ple used to greet each other with 'Jai Hind' and I sa­lute the peo­ple for their pa­tri­o­tism," the prime min­is­ter said.

“In the past 55 months, I have paid sev­eral vis­its to Arunachal Pradesh, and to­day (Satur­day) in­au­gu­rated and laid foun­da­tion of projects worth over ~4,000 crore,” he said.

At the same event, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Pema Khandu claimed for­eign in­vest­ments were elud­ing the sen­si­tive border state, ow­ing to ob­jec­tions raised by a neigh­bour, a ref­er­ence to China, and urged the cen­tral gov­ern­ment to ad­dress the is­sue.

“Arunachal Pradesh has a lot of po­ten­tial. But due to ob­jec­tion of the neigh­bour­ing coun­try, for­eign in­vest­ment is not com­ing,” Khandu said.

In Tripura, the PM hit out at the Op­po­si­tion, say­ing the main job of the ma­hami­lawat­walas is to de­ride him, and it seems they were all com­pet­ing in an Olympics of hurl­ing abuses at him.

“The job of the ma­hami­lawat­walas is only to heap abuses on Modi. It is as if an Olympics is on to de­ride Modi,” he said in a rally at Agar­tala, the state cap­i­tal.

“The re­sults of the com­ing Lok Sabha elec­tions will show what it takes to lie to the peo­ple,” Modi said.

Hit­ting out at the Left Front with­out nam­ing it, he said it was not in­ter­ested in do­ing any­thing for the un­or­gan­ised sec­tor, or the farm­ers, when it was in power in the state.

“Now, for the first time in Tripura, un­der the BJP gov­ern­ment, paddy is be­ing pro­cured at the min­i­mum sup­port price. Be­sides, the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Seventh Pay Com­mis­sion has been im­ple­mented,” he said.

PHOTO: PTI

PHOTO: PTI

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in­spects Loin Loom op­er­a­tions at Raj Bhawan, Itana­gar, on Satur­day

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