Citizenship Bill: AJYCP protesters wave black flags at PM Modi
(Sourced from PTI)
PM Narendra Modi, who arrived in Assam to address a public rally at Changsari, was shown black flags in at least two places today for the second consecutive day over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. As the PM's convoy passed from Raj Bhawan (Guwahati) to the airport, protesters belonging to the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) waved black flags at him at Machkhowa.
A few minutes later, a group of Guwahati University students showed black flags to the Prime Minister when his convoy was passing through the Gauhati University at Jalukbari area. Activists of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and Krishak Mukri Sangram Samiti (KMSS) also joined in the protests. The police said that they have detained the members of both the groups today.
Yesterday evening Modi was shown black flags in at least four different locations as soon as he landed in Guwahati and was traveling from the airport to the Raj Bhawan to spend the night. Like the Guwahati university students, activists of the KMSS and AJYCP also waved black flags at the PM at Adabari and Fancy Bazar areas.
Members of AASU were also seen waving black flags to the prime minister and shouting slogans as his convoy crossed the AASU headquarters on the Mahatma Gandhi Road at Uzan Bazar. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India even without any document.
The controversial bill was passed by Lok Sabha during Winter Session on January 8 and has been awaiting for Rajya Sabha's nod. At the Changsari rally, Modi said the bill wouldn't affect Northeast. "Citizenship Bill is for those who live by their faith," said Modi.