PM Modi greeted with black flags in Assam over Citizenship Bill


Past year the Assam government released the first draft of a state citizens' register that rejected 4 million mainly Muslim residents who were unable to prove they were living in the state before 1971, when millions fled Bangladesh's war of independence.

The foundation stone for permanent campus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) at Jote, Arunachal Pradesh will also be laid by Modi on this occasion.

China on Saturday protested the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, a contested region located on the border between the two countries. In a signed joint press statement issued by the only Lok Sabha MPs from the state, Jitendra Chowdhury, Shankar Prasad Datta and Rajya Sabha MP Jharna Das Baidya said "We the three MPs of Tripura have taken a conscious decision to boycott the functions at Agartala to be attended by the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi tomorrow on 9 February, 2019".

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India even if they do not possess any document.

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He praised Assam's legacy, paying tribute to Bhupen Hazarika and Gopinath Bordoloi.

Modi, who was on his way to the airport from the Raj Bhavan, was greeted with black flags at the Machkhowa area by protestors from the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad. "He raised his voice for the deprived and the poor", said PMModi. "The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh" and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit to the East Section of the China-India boundary".

Earlier in the day, PM Modi visited Itanagar and unveiled a series of development projects in the Arunachal Pradesh capital. This is the prime minister's first visit to Assam eversince massive protests erupted against the controversial legislation. At present, the nearest airport to Itanagar is at Lilabari in Assam at a distance of 80 km. Modi addressed a large gathering of people at Guntur today. The prime minister said about 11 lakh people have been benefitted within 150 days of the launch of PMJAY, which he also referred to as "Modicare".

An election is expected to be called for April-May and the BJP's hopes in the northeastern states have been badly damaged by the new law, analysts said. "The northeast has vast potential for development of tourism". The tunnel will reduce travel time to Tawang by an hour and boost tourism and related economic activities in the region.