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Tripura opposition parties boycott PM Narendra Modi visit, Congress leads stir in Itanagar

AGARTALA/ITANAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visits to Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh led to common protests from anti-citizenship bill agitators on Saturday. In a transfer to criticize the Centre for the citizenship bill, all political parties in Tripura, except the ruling BJP and its best friend Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), decided to boycott Modi’s programme at Swami Vivekananda Stadium in Agartala.
CPM, Congress, tribal-based parties like INPT, TSF, IPFT (Tipraha) and NCT stayed away from the development. The parties released separate statements condemning the citizenship bill. In protest in opposition to the citizenship bill, three Tripura CPM MPs — Shankar Prasad Datta and Jitendra Choudhury and Jharna Das Baidya — also did not attend the programme. The MPs also claimed that they were not invited to the development.

“It is a standard conference to invite all MPs for an reputable programme of this nature. But none of us have been invited, which is a clear case of breaking away from custom and likewise an insult to the folks of the state,” MP Jitendra Choudhury stated. “It is also true that to protest in opposition to the citizenship bill, we've got taken a decision on the party-level to boycott all programmes of Modi. This is as a result of we imagine that this proposed regulation will cause great hurt to the northeast and break the secular ethos of the Constitution,” he added.

Anticipating protests, the state government had stepped up security across the state on Saturday, especially along the street from airport to the stadium. Bamboo barricades had been erected alongside the roads and a large number of paramilitary forces deployed along the stretch since Friday. Security staff patrolled the world and movement of vehicles have been also limited at several places.

In Itanagar, Congress contributors agitating in opposition to the citizenship bill led the protests in opposition to Modi. Student bodies of quite a lot of faculties, led by means of Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union, boycotted Modi’s seek advice from and likewise held protests of their respective varsity campuses.

Holding black flags, placards and banners, a large number of Congress contributors led by means of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) basic secretary Chera Taya took out a rally from Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan to Indira Gandhi Park, where Modi laid the root to and inaugurated several tasks. However, prior to they could proceed to Indira Gandi Park, the rally was stopped along NH-415 by means of a police team led by means of SP Sagar Singh Kalsi and ITBP staff.

Congress leaders led by means of Taya addressed the gathering from atop a car, attacking BJP, leader minister Pema Khandu and PM Narendra Modi. “We will shed blood but by no means permit our motherland, which has been protected by means of our forefathers at the price of many lives, to be taken over by means of foreigners. The citizenship bill poses a significant serious danger to Arunachal and its indigenous population,” the Congress leaders stated.

“Modi and Khandu, in spite of being protectors, have looted the state. Modi’s has come here once more simply two months prior to the elections. His most effective intention is to loot the state for the next five years,” they added.

The protests endured until Modi left for Guwahati round 11.40am.

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