Breaking: Modi Reaches Changsari As ‘Go back’ Slogans Rent The Air

Guwahati, February 9, 2019

Amid widespread protests, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 9th, 2019 reached Changsari in Kamrup district of Assam, about 19 kms away from Guwahati.

A snapshot of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he lands in Chandsari. Courtesy: Himanta Biswa Sarma's twitter handle
A snapshot of Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, top BJP leaders in Chandsari. Courtesy: Himanta Biswa Sarma’s twitter handle

The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of Rs 1925 crore six-lane bridge over the Brahmaputra connecting Guwahati and North Guwahati and attend the bhumi pujan for the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). After wrapping up the Changsari visit, Modi will fly to Tripura.

A snapshot of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he lands in Chandsari. Courtesy: Himanta Biswa Sarma's twitter handle
A snapshot of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he reaches Chandsari. Courtesy: Himanta Biswa Sarma’s twitter handle

The Prime Minister who arrived in Guwahati on February 8th in Guwahati met with protests from the members of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), ahead of his rally in the state.

The AASU members showed black flags to the Prime Minister as he travelled to Raj Bhavan from the LGBI Airport on February 8th, 2019. Slogans like ‘Modi go back’, ‘Scrap Citizenship Amendment Bill’, ‘Joi Aai Asom’ were raised by the protesters.

On February 9th, 2019, slogans like ‘Modi Go Back’ ‘Scrap Citizenship Bill, ‘BJP hai hai’ rocked the state. In Guwahati, several protesters were detained. The Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad also called for 12-hour Assam Bandh on February 9th, 2019.

Heavy police bandobast has been made in the city and surrounding areas to ensure a hassle-free visit of Prime Minister Modi to Assam. Prohibitory orders were imposed in the entire Guwahati city in the wake of protests.

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Security arrangements were intensified across Guwahati and the state in view of protests against Modi’s Assam visit. The Assam Police has banned movement of people and vehicles along the along the stretch between the AASU office at Uzan Bazar and the Raj Bhavan. The patrolling by the police and paramilitary forces have been intensified across the state.

The respective district superintendents of police and deputy commissioners have been instructed to ensure public peace and maintain law and order. Prohibitory orders were imposed in the entire Guwahati city in the wake of protests.

Massive protest

Prime Minister Modi arrived in Guwahati to a black flag welcome on February 8th, 2019, despite the security bandobast across the city. The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) raised black flags as the PM’s cavalcade passed in front of the organisation’s office at Uzan Bazar on February 8th, 2019.

The anger against the Citizenship Amendment Bill is at bursting point with the opposition parties in Assam, students’ bodies and the civil societies are protesting against the Bill, claiming it will change the region’s demography and violates the historic 1985 Assam Accord.

The Prime Minister was first greeted with black flag protests at Jalukbari by the students of Gauhati University on his way to Raj Bhawan. The protesters dotted the entire route shouting anti-Modi slogan and waving black flags. Looking unruffled, PM Modi smiled and waved to the protesting students from inside his car.