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Amid protest from AASU against Citizenship Bill PM vists north east
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Amid protest from AASU against Citizenship Bill PM vists north east

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New Delhi, Feb 9 :Amid protests from AASU against Citizenship Bill, PM Narendra Modi has begun his visit at northeast.

PM Modi kicked off his two-day tour of the Northeast by visiting Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. He laid the foundation of a greenfield airport at Hollongi in Arunachal Pradesh's Parum Pare district.

He will dedicate to the nation the Garjee-Belonia railway line and unveil the statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur at Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport, Agartala, official sources said.

Among various programmes during day long engagement in north east on Saturday, Prime Minister also launch DD ArunPrabha, a new dedicated DD channel for Arunachal Pradesh.

He will also dedicate the 110 MW Pare Hydroelectric Plant in Arunachal Pradesh to the nation.

Besides, he will also lay the foundation stone for a permanent campus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) at Jote and inaugurate the upgraded Tezu Airport and 50 health and wellness centers in Arunachal Pradesh. He will also declare 100 per cent household electrification in Arunachal Pradesh under Saubhagya Scheme.

The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for the construction of a greenfield airport at Hollongi. At present the nearest airport to Itanagar is at Lilabari in Assam at a distance of 80 km.

Mr Modi will also lay the foundation stone of Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh. It will provide all-weather connectivity to Tawang Valley for civilians as well as security forces throughout the year.

Returning to Guwahati at noon, PM Modi will lay the foundation stone of the North East Gas Grid which will ensure uninterrupted availability of natural gas across the region and boost industrial growth in the region.

He will lay foundation stone of the City Gas Distribution Networks in Kamrup, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts.

During the programme at Changsari, Modi will inaugurate the Hollong Modular Gas Processing Plant in Tinsukia and a LPG Capacity Augmentation of Mounted Storage Vessel in North Guwahati. He will also lay the foundation stone of NRL Bio Refinery at Numaligarh and the 729-km-long gas pipeline from Barauni (in Bihar) to Guwahati.

Mr Modi's visit to Assam is, however, being marked by protest by All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and its 30 ally organisations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Meanwhile, the Congress party has decided to oppose the Bill and ensure its 'defeat' in the Rajya Sabha. The Congress leadership is also likely to issue whips to all its 50 MPs in the Upper House to vote against the draft law.

The AASU leadership has said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill completely negates the Assam Accord which was signed to protect the legitimate interests of the Assamese people concerning their languages, cultures and heritage.

AASU and othee stake holders in the state also say that it will also render the NRC updating exercise meaningless.(UNI)