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Modi in Northeast Highlights: Northeast won’t face problem due to Citizenship Bill, says PM in Assam

PM Modi in Northeast Highlights: Modi's visit comes at a time when the ruling party is rattled by protests across the Northeast and opposition from its allies and friendly parties who oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill brought in by the Centre.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 9, 2019 6:27:59 pm
Kamrup: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a BJP public meeting, in Kamrup, Saturday, Feb 9, 2019. (PTI Photo) (PTI2_9_2019_000025A)

PM Narendra Modi in Northeast Highlights: Addressing a rally in Assam during its two-day Northeast tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the crowd that the Citizenship Bill, which has triggered protests in the state, will not cause problems in the state. Earlier Saturday, Modi had inaugurated development projects worth Rs 4000 crore and laid the foundation stone for construction of greenfield airport at Hollongi, in Arunachal Pradesh.

Modi arrived in Assam Friday where he was shown black flags in protest against the citizenship bill. In Tripura, three MPs of opposition CPI (M) announced that they will boycott Modi’s programme. The Prime Minister halted overnight in Guwahati, before travelling to Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday morning. He travelled back to Assam to address a rally and will later travel to Tripura to address another rally in Agartala.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Assam Friday for a two day visit to the north-east, follow Highlights

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    18:01 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM Modi in Agartala; Targets opposition alliance

    Calling the opposition a 'mahamilawat' (great adulteration) again, he said its leaders are only involved in "holding each other's hands in meetings in Delhi and Kolkata for photographs". "The job of the 'mahamilawatwalas' is only to heap abuses and more abuses on Modi. It is as if an Olympics is on to deride Modi," he told a rally here. "The results of the coming Lok Sabha elections will show what it takes to lie to the people," Modi said.

    17:57 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    We have taken a step forward to fulfil the long-pending demand of strengthening the Autonomous Council

    Our govt has taken a step forward to fulfil the long-pending demand of strengthening the Autonomous Council. With the amendment in the law, we not only wish to make the council self-dependent but also we want to increase the number of officers in the council.

    17:24 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    Modi gives HIRA - Highway, Iway, Railway, Airway- model in Tripura

    In the recent budget, we have taken care of every section of the society which was unthinkable during previous govts. I talked about the HIRA - Highway, Iway, Railway, Airway- model when I visited last time during the state elections. All the infrastructure projects inaugurated today are reflection of the HIRA Model.: Pm Modi in Tripura

    17:22 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM Modi on opposition alliance

    All the members of the 'mahamilawat' know that the people of India, farmers, students, youth see their aspirations in Modi: PM Modi in Tripura

    17:16 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    BJP busy in shaping and speeding up development in Tripura 

    Modi says that his government released several chunks of funds for development works in Tripura over 4.5 years of his governance. However, the previous government did not let it flow down to the common people. But the current BJP government is busy in shaping and speeding up development in Tripura. 

    17:14 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    Congress looted the state and country for 55 years

    PM Modi in Tripura: Those who had the government in Delhi for 55 years and in the state for over two decades, was actually had a mutual agreement. It was the work of this alliance of goons and corrupt which looted the share of the poor and the middle class of the country and of Tripura. I have been told that there were over 62000 people who were getting benefits of schemes which were just on paper. they were looting your money and filling their coffers. 

    17:01 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM Modi inaugurates the Garjee-Belonia Railway Line in Agartala
    16:58 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    Watch | PM Modi speaking in Tripura
    16:21 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM Modi reaches Tripura

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils the statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur in Agartala.

    15:28 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM Modi shown black flags in Assam

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi was shown black flags in at least two places in Assam on Saturday for the second consecutive day over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. 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. Minutes later, a group of students showed black flags to the prime minister when his huge convoy was passing through the Gauhati University at Jalukbari area.


     All Assam Students' Union (AASU) memebrs display black ballons on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's arrival. (PTI)
    15:20 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM Modi makes commitment to people of NE

    Modi in Assam: 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. 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. 

    15:17 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    China objects to PM Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh

    China objects to PM Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh. India responds: “The State of Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of India.”

    15:03 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    Arunachal, a land that is home to courageous and warm-hearted people
    14:59 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    More people from India and across should come to Arunachal: Modi
    14:29 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    Want to free country of infiltrators: PM Modi in Assam

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government wants to free the country from the infiltrators.

    "The NRC which was not being implemented earlier, now our government is working under the supervision of the Supreme Court to implement it," he said, adding that he is there to ensure that "your 36-year-old demand of implementing the Assam Accord sees the light of the day."

    14:20 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    Northeast won't face problem due to Citizenship Bill: PM Modi in Assam

    Addressing a rally in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the state and Northeast will not face any problem due to the Citizenship Bill. "Citizenship Bill issue is not related only to Northeast or Assam — it is for people who want to live by their faith and for that have to save their lives and escape and come to Maa Bharti. What they had to undergo you can understand when you meet them," he said. 

    14:13 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    Modi in Assam: PM greets crowd in Assamese

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his speech at a rally in Changsari, Assam, greeting the crowd in Assamese. State Finance Minister Himanta Sarma called the gathering “unprecedentedly huge”. Modi lashed out at the local press, tells the gathering, “you won’t read about this huge gathering in tomorrow’s papers”.

    14:04 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    Bharat Ratna was reserved for some people, we gave it to Gopinath Bordoloi and Bhupen Hazarika

    In a veiled reference, Modi holds the Congress responsible for not awarding Bhupen Hazarika with Bharat Ratna for so long. Says the BJP did it — and it was the BJP (under Vajpayee) which awarded former Assam CM Gopinath Bordoloi with Bharat Ratna.

    13:59 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM Modi in Assam: Increased budget by 24%,shows we are committed to Northeast

    PM Modi in Assam: "In the recent budget, we increased the budget by more than 21% for the north-east. This shows our commitment to the north east."

    13:42 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    Amid citizenship row, Modi addresses rally in Assam
    13:12 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    Modi shown black flags in Guwahati: Why Citizenship Bill disturbs Assam

    Opponents of the bill feel it undermines the update process of the 1951 NRC, which, like the Assam Accord, too uses March 24, 1971, as a cutoff. 

    The Bill seeks to provide Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Christians, from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after they have stayed in India for seven years, instead of 12 years — the current criteria. This is applicable to those who came to India before December 31, 2014.

    11:54 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM Modi's Northeast tour amid citizenship row

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Northeast tour comes at a time when the region is protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. 

    The Bill, passed by Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha, amends the Citizenship Act, 1955, by relaxing eligibility rules for getting Indian citizenship for immigrants belonging to six minority (non-Muslim) religions – Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians – from neighbouring Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan. Groups in Assam see the Bill as a “threat” to the indigenous communities of the region as it goes against Assam Accord provision saying that any person who came into Assam after midnight of March 24, 1971, would be identified as a foreigner.

    Key BJP allies including the National People’s Party, which leads the coalition in Meghalaya; the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, which leads the coalition in Nagaland; the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), which is an ally of the BJP in Tripura; and the Mizo National Front (MNF), which is the ruling party in Mizoram; have pledged to oppose the Bill.

    11:37 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM Modi to address rally in Assam

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally at Changsari in Assam. The PM was shown black flags in at least two places here on Saturday for the second consecutive day over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. 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.

    Minutes later, a group of students showed black flags to the prime minister when his huge convoy was passing through the Gauhati University at Jalukbari area. Members of both the groups were detained, police said.

    11:21 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    Itanagar connected with Railways to connect all capitals of Northeast states: PM Modi

    In the last two years, around 1000 villages have been connected through roads. The work of Trans Arunachal highway is also under progress.
    In an effort to connect all the capitals of North East states, Itanagar has also been connected with the Railways: PM Modi

    11:11 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    We allocated Rs 44,000 crore to Arunachal, double the amount by previous govt: PM Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Arunachal Pradesh: Our government allocated Rs 44,000 crore fund to Arunachal Pradesh which is double the amount provided by the previous government

    11:08 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM lays foundation stone for Hollangi airport

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for greenfield Hollongi Airport and permanent campus of FTII in Jote, Itanagar. ThePM inaugurated DD Arun Prabha Channel, upgraded Tezu airport, 110 MW Pare hydroelectric project, 50 health and wellness centres in Itanagar.

    "Tezu airport was built over 50 years but no government envisioned to connect people of this state with other parts of the country. We expanded the airport by spending around Rs 125 crore," the PM said.

    11:06 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    Previous govts neglected this state for decades but we are here to change this: PM Modi

    Previous govts neglected this state for decades but we are here to change this. New India can only be built if North East can be developed well: PM Modi in Arunachal

    11:00 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM Modi addresses public meeting in Itanagar, says Arunachal confidence of country

    Prime Minister arrived in Arunachal Pradesh Saturday for his two-day northeast tour. Addressing a public meeting, Modi said, "Arunachal Pradesh is a land of rising sun. It’s a confidence of the country."

    10:52 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM Modi inaugurates projects at Itanagar

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday inaugurated development projects in Arunachal Pradesh. "Today I got the opportunity to inaugurate or lay foundation of projects worth Rs 4,000 crore. Additional projects worth Rs 13,000 crore is in progress in the state," he said.

    10:10 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM shown black flags in Guwahati

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi was shown black flags in at least two places in Guwahati on the second consecutive day over protests against citizenship bill.

    09:59 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM to inaugurate DD Arun Prabha in Arunachal

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will Saturday travel to Arunachal Pradesh from Assam where he will lay the foundation of an airport at Hollongi and inaugurate a 24×7 television channel dedicated to Arunachal, DD Arunprabha. It will be Doordarshan’s second channel for the region.

    The state-owned broadcaster already runs ‘DD North-East’, which telecasts entertainment and information-based programmes in Assamese, Bengali, English and other languages of the region.

    09:44 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM Modi in Northeast: First stop Arunachal Pradesh

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set for a whirlwind tour of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura Saturday to inaugurate several projects and address a public rally. The PM will lay the foundation of a greenfield airport at Hollongi in Parum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh, before heading to Guwahati in the afternoon. Later in the day, Modi is scheduled to fly to Tripura to address a public rally.

    09:40 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    Three Tripura CPI (M) MPs to boycott PM Modi’s programme

    Three MPs of opposition CPI (M) on Friday announced that they will boycott Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s programme in Tripura on Saturday. A statement further said that the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill would harm the interests of Northeast India and pose a threat to the secular spirit of the country if it is passed in Parliament.

    09:39 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM Modi begins Northeast tour, AASU stages protest

    Members of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) on Friday evening showed black flags to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, as his convoy passed the organisation’s office in Guwahati on way to Raj Bhavan.

    09:37 (IST)09 Feb 2019
    PM Modi begins Northeast tour

    modi northeast, modi northeast visit LIVE updates, PM Modi in Assam, PM Modi northeast, PM Modi rally, citizenship bill protests northeast, northeast bjp protests, pm modi in northeast, All Assam Students' Union (AASU) members raise slogans during a protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, in Guwahati, Friday. (PTI photo)

    Modi's visit to the north-east comes at a time when the BJP is facing protests over the citizenship bill. In Assam, protesters, barricaded inside the office by police, raised slogans like “Joy Aai Axom” (Glory to Mother Assam) and raised black flags as Modi's convoy passed. Many BJP supporters too were present at the spot to show their strength against the AASU members.

    "The pain of the indigenous people will be seen across Assam tomorrow...Effigies of the prime minister will be burnt in every corner of the state," said AASU president Dipanka Nath. Peasant organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) too showed black flag to the prime minister at Adabari and Fancy Bazar areas of the city which fell on his route.

    KMSS chief Akhil Gogoi said on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be shown black flags by 70 organisations protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill on Saturday.

    Meanwhile, three MPs of opposition CPI (M) on Friday announced that they will boycott Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s programme in Tripura on Saturday.

    “We the 3(three) MPs of Tripura have taken conscious decision to boycott the functions at Agartaia to be attended by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi tomorrow on 9th February 2019,” the statement by Jitendra Chaudhary, Shankar Prasad Sutta and Rajya Sabha MP Jharna Das Baidya read.