Breaking: Massive Protests Rock Guwahati As PM Modi Arrives

Guwahati, February 8, 2019

Chaos ruled the Uzan Bazar area in the city near the Swahid Nyas – the headquarters of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) – on February 8th, 2019 as hundreds of AASU activists blocked the roads and displayed black fags in protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Assam visit.

Heavy police bandobast has been made in the city and in the surrounding areas to ensure a hassle-free visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Assam. Police and other departments swung into action to make last minute preparations for the Prime Minister who will be addressing a public meeting and lay foundation stones of several projects.

Major roads leading to the Raj Bhawan witnessed bumper-to-bumper traffic as vehicles moved at a snail pace, causing severe inconvenience to thousands of people.

The AASU activists were barred from protesting on the road by the city police. The gates were locked and the AASU leaders were seen raising ‘Go back Modi’ from the other side of the gate. As per schedule, Modi, who landed in Guwahati on February 8th, 2019, will pass through the road in-front-of the AASU head office to Raj Bhawan. The AASU activists also waved black flags to protest Modi’s visit.

State’s Urban development Minister Pijush Hazarika, State Labour and Employment Minister Pallab Lochan Das and State Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya were also seen outside AASU’s headquarters.

State's Urban development Minister Pijush Hazarika
State’s Urban development Minister Pijush Hazarika

On the other hand, BJP activists were seen assembling outside the AASU head office to welcome the Prime Minister. The situation has thrown the traffic out of gear in the entire city. It may be mentioned that Modi is on a visit to the Northeastern states – Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura to inaugurate several projects.

On the other hand, the premier regional political party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which broke the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Assam, took out a ‘mashaal march’ (torch rally) in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Meanwhile, Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi took to his Twitter handle to welcome Modi in the city.

Modi’s Assam trip itinerary

  • From Itanagar, Modi will return to Guwahati, Assam.
  • Lay the foundation stone of North East Gas Grid. The grid is part of Government’s plan to provide cheap and quality gas to the entire North East Region.
  • Lay foundation stone of City Gas Distribution Networks in Kamrup, Cachar, Hailakandi & Karimganj.
  • Inaugurate Hollong Modular Gas Processing Plant in Tinsukia, Assam.
  • The foundation stone of NRL Bio-Refinery at Numaligarh and a 729 km gas pipeline from Barauni – Guwahati passing through Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim & Assam will be laid by Modi.
  • Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation of a six-lane bridge over mighty river Brahmaputra and kick-off construction work of All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Changsari, Kamrup.

Modi was received by Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport on February 8th, 2019. MP Ramen Deka, Guwahati MP Bijoya Chakravarty and Assam BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass were also present at LGBI Airport to welcome the Prime Minister.