Modi faces black flag protest on second consecutive day in Guwahati

Modi faces black flag protest on second consecutive day in Guwahati

Guwahati: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi addressed a rally in the city of Guwahati on Saturday in a series of rallies to capture the North Eastern states - amid protests over the highly controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 said aid in Assam that there is no room for "intruders" in the state as well as the country.

In Arunachal Pradesh, though opposition Congress staged protests over the bill during his visit, Modi did not speak on the citizenship bill and kept himself to development issues of the northeast.He inaugurated and laid foundation of projects worth Rs 4,000 crore in Arunachal Pradesh.

Modi, who was on his way to the airport from the Raj Bhawan here, was shown black flags by protesters belonging to the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) at Machkhowa area.

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Modi arrived on Friday at the Guwahati airport from Jalpaiguri in West Bengal in a special Indian Air Force plane and was received by Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and senior government officials. Referring to "Modi Go Back" protests, PM thanked his rival parties saying that he will indeed go back to Delhi and sit there as Prime Minister for another term of five years.

Widespread protest was witnessed in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur during the day against the CAB. Members of the organisations waved black flags upon his arrival in Itangar and shouted slogans against him.

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Six Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti activists were taken into police custody on Saturday when they stripped naked in front of the state secretariat in Guwahati.

"Modi has come here to seek votes from the people of Assam". It looks at giving constitutional safeguards to indigenous Assamese people against alleged illegal migrants from Bangladesh. Passed by the Lok Sabha during the last Winter Session, the bill is awaiting nod from the Rajya Sabha.

However, unfazed with any such protests, the prime minister is expected to lay the foundation stone of northeast gas grid foundation in Guwahati, and inaugurate the Garjee-Belonia railway line in Tripura.

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

"In the recent budget, we increased the budget by more than 21 per cent for the North East".

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