The bill which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangaldesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, has triggered widespread protests in Assam and other northeastern states, including those under the rule of BJP and its NEDA allies.Modi's visit to Assam saw nude protests, a bandh, raising of black flags and burning of effigies by AASU, KMSS and other organisations agitating against the bill.
Several allies of the BJP in the northeast have already made their opposition to the "discriminatory" Bill known to the ruling party. This is the prime minister's first visit to Assam eversince massive protests erupted against the controversial legislation.
Three MPs of the Opposition CPM in Tripura will boycott the programme of Modi to protest and express solidarity with the movement against the citizenship bill.
As per reports, students of Gauhati University and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (YJYCP) members waved black flags at 7 Mile area and at Machkhowa area of the city when PM Modi's convoy was heading towards LGBI Airport from Raj Bhawan. It looks at giving constitutional safeguards to indigenous Assamese people against alleged illegal migrants from Bangladesh.
The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session on January 8 and has been awaiting Rajya Sabha nod.
Modi will halt overnight in Guwahati, before travelling to Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday morning.
Apart from this he will also inaugurate ONGC projects located in the Krishna-Godavari Offshore Basin and will lay the foundation stone for setting up a new terminal of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited at Krishnapatnam.
"Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to lay foundation of a six-lane bridge over river Brahmaputra connecting Guwahati with North Guwahati and kick off construction work of AIIMS at Changsari near Guwahati". The airport is likely to have various sustainability features like a green belt along approach road to act as a noise barrier, rainwater harvesting, use of energy efficient equipment, and so on.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the DD "Arun Prabha" Channel in Itanagar.
"We demand the prime minister announces tomorrow that the money taken by BJP leaders Mukul Roy (West Bengal) and Himanta Boswa Sarma in the Saradha ponzi scam be returned to the people", he added.
"In addition to providing better connectivity to the region, Hollongi will boost tourism in the State besides being of strategic importance to the nation", Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said.