PM Narendra Modi’s Guwahati visit cancelled due to Anti-CAA protests
According to sources, the much-awaited visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Assam is cancelled due to ongoing protest in the state against Citizen Amendment Act (CAA). PM Modi was scheduled to attend the third edition of the Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati on January 10. This is for the second time; the PM has cancelled his visit to the North-eastern state in less than one month.
Assam’s ruling BJP confirmed the information, but they didn’t provide any reason. Assam BJP spokesman Dewan Dhruba Jyoti Maral stated, “He (PM) was approached. He was scheduled to come, but the visit now has been cancelled.” Earlier, Various organizations have warned to intensify their protest if the prime minister came for the inaugural ceremony of Khelo India.
The All Assam’s Student Union (AASU) began the protests against CAA that grants citizenship to “persecuted” immigrants, belonging to six non-Muslim communities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who migrated till December 31, 2014. According to the protesters, the CAA has violated the Assam Accord of 1985, making a path for the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants to settle down in Assam. They are considering it to be a significant threat to the land, language, and culture of the locals.
In a recent interview, famous singer Zubeen Garg said, “We wish the Prime Minister visits Assam for the Khelo India Games. Then we will stage protests against CAA right from the airport.”
“He will then be able to see how much we are against this Act and he may then rethinks about the decision to impose CAA in Assam,” Gard added.
The anti-CAA protest was also raised the India-Sri Lanka T20 match in Guwahati on Sunday in Barsapara Stadium. PM Modi is likely to visit the city on January 22, to attend the closing ceremony of the games.
Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has already expressed his delights to host the third edition of the Khelo India Youth Games. The opening ceremony of the game will be held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium on 10th January. Several other important personalities from the ministry level and sports will be attending the event.