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AASU, 70 civil organisations to stage protests during Modi's visit

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

The All Students' Union (AASU) and 70 social organisations announced on Friday that they would show black flags and hold stir against Narendra Modi's visit in protest against the citizenship bill.

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) chief Akhil Gogoi, who is at the forefront of the protests against the controversial bill, said Modi's visit here on Saturday would be observed as a 'Black Day' across the state and members of 70 organisations would show black flags to him.

"The bill has been brought in to give citizenship to the Hindu Bengalis from and get their votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls", Gogoi said.

The said the Bharatiya Janata Party's position in the country was not good and their strategy was to get maximum seats from and the Northeast. That is why, he added, that the saffron party had taken the route of the citizenship bill.

Gogoi was among the three against whom sedition cases were registered by the police for their remarks against the citizenship bill. Two others who faced sedition charges were Assamese litterateur Hiren Gohain and

The burnt effigies of Modi in different parts of the state on Friday, said Samujjal Bhattacharya, the organisation's

Modi is visiting for the first time after the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8.

The controversial bill seeks to provide citizenship after six years of residence in to non-Muslims who had fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, and and entered the country before December 31, 2014. The legislation awaits clearance from the Rajya Sabha, where the is short of majority.

Modi is scheduled to arrive here on Friday night and spend the night at the Raj Bhawan before leaving for Aruncahal Pradesh the next morning to inaugurate various projects.

The will return to Guwahati in the afternoon and proceed to Amingaon in North Guwahati, where he will lay the foundation stone of the North East Gas Grid and the of Kamrup, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts. He will also inaugurate the

in Tinsukia.

Modi will also lay the foundation stone of a biorefinery in Numaligarh and a 729-km Barauni-Guwahati that will pass through Bihar, West Bengal, and Assam.

The is also scheduled to address a rally in Amingaon, which falls under the Jalukbari assembly constituency of

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 19:15 IST
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