Citizenship Bill will cause no harm to Assam, N-E’s interests: Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Feb 2019 08:59:53



PRIME Minister Narendra Modi assured the people of Assam and the North-East that the Citizenship Bill will in no way cause harm to their interests. Addressing a public rally in this Assembly constituency of Assam Health Minister and BJP-led NEDA convener Himanta Biswa Sarma, he said the NDA Government is committed to protecting the language, culture, resources, hopes and aspirations of the people of Assam and the North-East.

“It is a national commitment to the people of the North-East 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.
It must be understood that 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 have 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 Mother India,” he said. The PM also said that 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 Rs 14,000 crore have been completed, he said. The Prime Minister peppered his speech with sentences in Assamese, paid rich tributes to the State’s icons Srimanata Sankardeva, Madhavdeva, Azan Fakir, Chaolung Sukapha, Lachit Barphukan, Gopinath Bordoloi and Bhupen Hazarika.
Prior to the rally, Modi laid the foundation stone of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to be set up at Changsari. He also laid the foundation of the six-lane bridge over Brahmaputra river connecting Guwahati and North Guwahati. He laid the foundation stone of North-East Gas Grid and the City Gas Distribution Networks in Kamrup, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts and inaugurated the Hollong Modular Gas Processing Plant and LPG Capacity Augmentation of Mounted Storage Vessel in North Guwahati.

He also laid the foundation stone of NRL Bio Refinery at Numaligarh and a 729 km gas pipeline from Barauni- Guwahati passing through Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim and Assam.  Meanwhile, Modi was shown black flags in at least two places here for the second consecutive day over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Modi, who was on his way to  airport from Raj Bhawan, was shown black flags by protesters belonging to Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad Machkhowa area.


Tripura would become gateway to South-East Asian countries: Modi



PRIME Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that with help from Bangladesh Government, and by using their ports and other infrastructure, Tripura would become the gateway to South-East Asian countries. Apart from its 165 km  border with Assam and Mizoram, Tripura is all surrounded by Bangaladesh with which it shares a 856 km border. Addressing a public rally at the Swami Vivekananda Stadium here, the Prime Minister said that a spate of development projects in the State would turn Tripura into the best State in the country. However, in his 25-minute speech in Hindi, he did not for once refer to the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill against which massive  agitations were going on in the entire North-Eastern region, including Tripura.

Three CPI(M) MPs of the state and the Tripura Student Federation (TSF) boycotted the Prime Minister’s programmes on Saturday as a mark of protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The Congress also displayed black flags and released black balloons in the city on the same issue. Lashing out at the Opposition parties he said, “instead of looking into various issues, they (Opposition parties) are only giving ‘gali’ (abuse) to Modi. It seems an Olympics is going on to deride me.”