Mumbai: As Rajya Sabha passed Citizenship Amendment Bill, normal life disrupted in the northeast, meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday assured Eastern and North-Eastern states that their culture and language will not be affected and urged people to not be misled by the Congress.
“I assure every state of East and North-East. The traditions, culture and language of Assam and other states will not be affected at all. The central government will work with state governments for your development. This is our priority. Don’t be misled by Congress’ statements,” Modi said at a rally here.
“Congress and their allies are adding fuel to set fire to the North-East. People are being misled that people from Bangladesh will come here. I want to say that those who already have Indian citizenship, they are Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jains. ” Christianity, the bill does not apply to them. Citizenship will be given to those who came to India before 31 December 2014, ”he continued.
Accusing the Congress of doing nothing for the welfare of the refugees, the Prime Minister remarked, “Congress in the past had promised relief to persecuted minority refugees but never did anything for them. The condition in which they were living in Pakistan, similar treatment was given by Congress governments to them.”
Amid the unrest in Assam, the Prime Minister in a tweet earlier today assured the people of the state that “no one can take away their rights, unique identity and beautiful culture”.
Assam’s Guwahati city and Dibrugarh district have been placed under indefinite curfew in the wake of protests following the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 went through Parliament after the Rajya Sabha passed on Wednesday. 125 members of the upper house voted in favour while 105 MPs voted against the bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha earlier this week.