PM Acts East, talks up Citizenship Bill
Allays fears over move in Assam, Arunachal, Tripura
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
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.
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