Mumbai: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee slammed Narendra Modi led government after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe postponed his visit to India amid ongoing protests in Assam following the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, says ‘It will be a blot on our country.’
Earlier in the day, Japan’s Jiji Press reported that Abe may consider cancelling his India tour starting on Sunday.
However, an hour later it was confirmed that both sides (India and Japan) agreed to postpone the summit. “Both sides have decided to postpone the visit in a convenient manner in the near future,” the Foreign Ministry said.
Last week, MEA spokesman Ravish Kumar announced that there would be a summit between PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Abe from 15 December to 17 December. Guwahati was the planned venue of a summit between the two leaders but the city has been made ugly. The movement, ever since the controversial bill was approved in both houses of parliament.
While Lok Sabha cleared the Bill in midnight sitting on Monday, the Upper House passed the legislation on Wednesday.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which has now become an Act, following President Kovind’s assent, aims to grant Indian citizenship to six non-Muslim minority migrants–Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains and Parsis facing religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.