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Citizenship bill will never cause any harm to Assam, northeast: PM Modi

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Narendra Modi arrives to attend the Beating the Retreat ceremony in New Delhi

"The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh" and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit", Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a statement.

However, the protests against the prime minister already seems to have started.

The prime minister said the Hollongi airport will be the first regular passenger airport. Various groups including the All Assam Students Union (AASU), the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) and the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) have been opposing the citizenship bill.

The government's intent to go ahead with the Bill triggered protests across the northeast. But the BJP is committed to protecting the culture and resources of Assam and the northeast.

Amidst angry protest, Modi arrived in Guwahati on Friday evening on a two-day tour of the Northeast.

"The government with its machinery can show its power and strength...no matter how much the government tries to quell the protests, the agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Bill will continue".

Those who question us, PM Modi said, are being asked by Assam where have they been for over three decades.

He accused opposition political parties, especially the Congress, of fuelling protest against the bill through a misinformation campaign. "We warn the BJP-led governments at Delhi and Dispur to take a decision considering the voice of dissent of the people against the Bill,"said AGP President Atul Bora".

PM Modi asserted that the citizenship bill "is not a subject related to Assam only...it is about the entire country...it is about those who love Mother India...whether they came from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh..."

The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session on January 8 and has been awaiting Rajya Sabha nod. "This shows our commitment to the north east", he said.

He is scheduled to address a huge gathering of over 3 lakh people at Changsari today (February 9th) and initiate the construction work of AIIMS with a bhuumipujan. As per the Prime Minister's Office, Modi will reach Itanagar from Guwahati on Saturday morning and will unveil a series of development projects at IG Park in Itanagar.

Apart from this he will also inaugurate ONGC projects located in the Krishna-Godavari Offshore Basin and will lay the foundation stone for setting up a new terminal of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited at Krishnapatnam. At present, the nearest airport to Itanagar is at Lilabari in Assam at a distance of 80 kilometres.

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