Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kokrajhar in Assam on February 7th, 2020 to participate in an event to celebrate the signing of the historic Bodo agreement. This will be his first visit to the Northeast since protests erupted against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.
Ahead of the visit, over 70,000 earthen lamps were lit to welcome the Prime Minister to Kokrajhar. Modi could not stop himself from retweeting the images and commented on the sight of the lamps. “Thank you Kokrajhar! I am eagerly awaiting tomorrow’s programme” and “Lovely and lively! Gratitude to my sisters and brothers of Kokrajhar,” said Modi.
“It is his extraordinary dynamism, strong personality & clear intentions for his country’s march ahead that has earned him so much of love,” tweeted Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, while sharing a video of people lighting the earthen lamps.
The Union home ministry on January 27th, 2020 signed a historic Memorandum of Settlement with all the factions of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and Assam government.
The factions of NDFB viz Gobindo Basumatary faction, Dhirendra Bodo faction, Ranjan Daymari faction and Saoraigwra faction and the United Bodo Peoples Organization are the signatories of the Accord. The All Bodo Students’ Union, which has been spearheading the statehood movement, was also a signatory.
Expressing his keenness to participate in the celebrations in Kokrajhar, Modi tweeted, ” Tomorrow, I look forward to being in Assam. I will be in Kokrajhar to address a public meeting. We will mark the successful signing of the Bodo Accord, which brings to an end a problem that had been persisting for decades. It marks the start of a new era of peace and progress.”
More than four lakh people from Bodoland Territorial Area Districts and other parts of Assam are likely to attend the rally at Jangkritai Fwtar near Kokrajhar, 216km from Guwahati. Since early morning, people started reaching the venue in buses, trains and private vehicles.
Modi is scheduled to arrive in Guwahati at around 11:30 am. He will then fly to Kokrajhar in a chopper. To welcome the Prime Minister, a cultural programme of the state’s ethnic groups is being organised. Hundreds of Bodo girls will perform the traditional Bagurumba dance to welcome him. The cultural troupes are practising since the last one week to perform at the mega event.
A cultural programme of ethnic groups of Assam has been organised by the Assam Government to showcase the diversity of the state. In view of Modi’s visit, security has been briefed up in the state. Police and security agencies have been asked to be alert and vigilant.
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