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It will not allow outsiders to settle in Assam: PM Modi | India News


KOKRAJHAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to calm Assam’s concern on Friday that changes in the Citizenship Law will lead to an influx of more people outside the state, and warned people against “certain sections” trying to deceive them.

“Certain sectors of society are trying to deceive the people of Assam and the Northeast about the Law. Rumors are spreading that strangers will be allowed to settle in Assam, but this is not correct. I am here to ensure that all anti-As sam and anti-national mentality will not be tolerated and that no stranger can settle in the region, ”said the prime minister on his first visit to Assam after the approval of the Hip Amendment from Citizens. Law (CAA). Modi had to abort his plan to visit Assam twice due to the anti-CAA commotion.

Protesters feared that the new citizenship law would facilitate the entry of more foreigners into the state, which has seen its demography transformed due to the illegal infiltration of Bangladesh. Prime Minister Modi also promised that his government would take measures to safeguard the language, identity and culture of the indigenous peoples of Assam. “The government is now trying to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Agreement. I promise that after the committee presents its report, the Center will act quickly, “he added.

Modi was heading to a large demonstration to mark the signing of the Bodo Agreement, which resulted in all Bodo militant groups withdrawing the demand for the creation of a separate Bodoland state by disposing of Bodo-dominated Assam districts.

However, the visit became important due to the anxiety of the Center to remove anti-CAA protesters in the state of the greatest turmoil in the rest of the country. The promises made by Modi were part of the efforts that have so far seen the Center reach the people of the state by declaring that Assamese is the only official language and get the Bodos to recognize the territorial integrity of the state. The scope has helped soften the intensity of the resistance. The All Assam Student Union, which has been leading the protests against CAA and had declared the state out of bounds for the prime minister, did not issue a bandh call when it arrived Friday.

The general secretary of Aasu, Lurinjyoti Gogoi, described the decision as a gesture of goodwill. “The prime minister comes for his celebration (Bodos). The feelings and emotions of the Bodo people are linked to this and we do not believe that we should destroy our society and a strong bond of brotherhood when protesting, ”he said.

The Oboro Surakha Samity, a non-bodo organization that opposes the agreement, also withdrew its bandh call after securing a meeting with the prime minister. Modi met with his representatives at Guwahati airport and promised them that the Center would hold talks with them later this month. In praising the Bodo Agreement that ended one of the country’s largest separatist campaigns, Modi said: “The insurgency in the Northeast had been in effect for decades and thousands of lives were lost. But previous governments were reluctant to address the problems. The northeast is no longer ‘algao’ (separatist), now it is ‘lagao’ (dedication). ”

He added: “Lakhs of people in the Northeast did not know what development meant. This is because the political parties understood their problems, but used to ignore the riots, blockades and violent protests. They simply contained them, but never tried to solve them. This approach had pushed the people of the region so much that they had stopped believing in democracy and the Constitution. ”

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