PM Acts East, talks up Cit­i­zen­ship Bill

Al­lays fears over move in As­sam, Arunachal, Tripura

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New Delhi: In a whirl­wind tour of the North­east, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi sought to al­lay the fears against the con­tentious Cit­i­zen­ship Amend­ment Bill. He also un­veiled a slew of projects in the re­gion.

Con­tin­u­ing his ‘Act East’ thrust built over a dozen vis­its to the re­gion since he be­came Prime Min­is­ter, Modi went to As­sam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura amid wide­spread protests against the Bill.

Peo­ple in the re­gion fear that the Bill will in­crease the in­flux of for­eign­ers from Bangladesh and re­duce them to a mi­nor­ity in their own land.

The Prime Min­is­ter tried to ad­dress th­ese fears in all the three states and said that the Bill is not against the in­ter­est of the peo­ple.

“We must un­der­stand the pain of peo­ple forced to flee their homes and leave be­hind all they own. Be it from Pak­istan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh... they were all part of In­dia once, but af­ter Par­ti­tion they be­came mi­nori­ties in their own coun­tries,” PM Modi said.

He landed in Guwa­hati Fri­day night, and on Satur­day, he had a busy day lay­ing the foun­da­tion stone of a

bridge over the Brahma­pu­tra, in­au­gu­rat­ing the All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences (AIIMS) in Changsari, and an­nounc­ing a new gas pipe­line be­tween Guwa­hati and Ba­rauni which will con­nect the re­gion with the na­tional gas grid.

He then flew to Arunachal Pradesh where he laid the foun­da­tion stone of a green­field air­port and then went to Tripura for a rally be­fore re­turn­ing

to Delhi.

PM Modi’s visit was marred by protests. Black flags were shown to him on Fri­day night in Guwa­hati by All As­sam Stu­dents Union (AASU), demon­stra­tors staged a nude protest in front of the As­sam sec­re­tariat, and black bal­loons greeted him over the Uj­jayanta Palace when he was ad­dress­ing peo­ple at the Asta­bal Ground in Agar­tala.

—PIB

PM Modi in­spects a loom in Itana­gar on Satur­day. Arunachal Pradesh Guv BD Mishra, CM Pema Khandu and MoS Home Kiren Ri­jiju are also seen

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