Citizenship Bill will in no way cause harm to Assam, N-E: PM

In Agartala, Modi slams Oppn, says its main job is to deride him
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Changsari (Assam)
9 Feb 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today assured the people of Assam and the North-East (N-E) that the Citizenship Bill will in no way cause harm to their interest.
Modi was addressing a public rally here in the Assembly constituency of Assam health minister and BJP-led NEDA convener Himata Biswa Sarma. "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," the Prime Minister 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 said.
"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," the Prime Minister stated. The BJP is committed to implement the 36-year old Assam Accord and a committee set up on the implementation of its Clause 6 is a step in that direction, he said and added that the BJP-led NDA government is committed to protect the language, culture, resources, hopes and aspirations of the people of Assam and N-E.
The Prime Minister also said the BJP government was committed 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. The Prime Minister today hit out at the Opposition, saying the main job of the 'mahamilawatwalas' is to deride him and it seems they were all competing in an Olympics of hurling abuses at him. 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," the Prime Minister said. Hitting out at the Left Front without naming it, he said it was not interested in doing anything for the unorganised sector or the farmers when it was in power in the state. "Now for the first time in Tripura, under the BJP government, paddy is being procured at the minimum support price. Besides, the recommendation of the Seventh Pay Commission was implemented," he said.
"Tripura, the state that was deprived of development on the pretext of being a landlocked region, is now being made gateway of the South East Asia," he added. (PTI)