Against the backdrop of ongoing controversy over the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accused the Congress party of spreading false propaganda over the issue.
“Our brothers and sisters in the Northeast understand the Citizenship Amendment Bill in letter and spirit. It is a propaganda that has been spread by the Congress but it will fail. I am shocked they have the audacity to speak about the Northeast. They discriminated against entire East India and especially the Northeast,” said Prime Minister Modi in an interview to a media house.
Modi’s statement assumes significance as the BJP has in its manifesto said that the party will try to pass the contentious bill in the Parliament ‘after forming the next government.’
The issue has already been at the centre stage during the election campaign.
Modi also took the Congress over different other issues concerning Northeast.
“…thousands of villages in the Northeast continued to be in darkness even 70 years after Independence. We electrified all of those villages in the last five years. Don’t you realise the loss of trade and development due to the delay in the Bogibeel and Dhola-Sadiya bridges? We completed them,” said Modi.
It’s a fact that the Modi regime has been giving much more attention towards northeastern region.
After forming the government in 2014, among many other initiatives, Modi had assigned his ministers to make visit to the northeastern states in every quarter.