PM Modi, who arrived in Assam on Friday night for a two-day visit to the North East was welcomed with waving black flags and slogans for ‘modi go back’. Police on Saturday arrested nine persons and detained 13.
The protestors were demonstrating against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The legislation seeks to amend a 1955 law to grant citizenship to persecuted Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians from the Muslim-majority nations of Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan if they have lived in India for six years. Most northeastern states have opposed the proposed legislation, and it has sparked several protests in the region.
Modi was shown black flags upon his arrival in Guwahati on Friday night. Protests against the bill continued in Assam on Saturday, with more protestors waving black flags at the prime minister.
However, Modi assured citizens that the bill, if passed, would not hurt the interests of Assam and the North East. He claimed that “people who sit in AC rooms” were spreading rumours against the proposed legislation