SILCHAR, April 11 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reiterated the commitment of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to get the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) passed in the Parliament keeping the rights of the Assamese people secured.
Addressing a massive election rally of over three lakh people at Ramnagar here, the Prime Minister said, �We are committed to bringing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. But, the step will be taken amassing opinions of the people of the State and rights of the Assamese shall be secured.�
Campaigning for the candidates of Silchar and Karimganj parliamentary seats for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections scheduled on April 18, Modi said those coming to India being harassed by the fundamentalists in Pakistan and Bangladesh shall be given settlement in India which would be a correction of the misdeeds of the Congress government since the division of the country in 1947.
�It was the Congress which split the country for satisfying its own ambitions. The party never thought about the minorities living there and also subsequently in Bangladesh. It is the sins of the Congress which have made the quantum of people stateless in their own nation,� he said.
Wooing the voters, Modi said the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will not be about who becomes the Prime Minister but setting the directions on which India shall forge ahead to progress. �It will be an election that shall make each corner of the country safe and secure. Let us all ensure �Ek pradhan, ek vidhan, ek sambidhan� and defeat the motive of the �tukde tukde� gang,� he maintained.
Nalbari Correspondent adds: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Congress had encouraged infiltration of illegal foreigners to Assam only for the party�s narrow vote bank politics while ignoring the development of the State. He said the BJP-led NDA government has now taken steps to seal the border with Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister was addressing a mammoth election rally at Kendukona near Rangiya this afternoon for the BJP candidates of Mangaldoi and Guwahati Lok Sabha constituencies.
�After the war of 1971 the Congress could have solved the problems of Assam and Jammu & Kashmir. But only for the inaction of the Congress Jammu & Kashmir is continuing to suffer, while the situation in Assam has become sensitive,� Modi said.
Reiterating his commitment to develop the State in all spheres, Modi said his government has started construction of five bridges on the river Brahmaputra and taken measures to increase the productivity of Numaligarh Refinery.
He also referred to the issue of scheduled tribe status to six communities of Assam � Ahom, Chutiya, Mottok, Moran, Koch Rajbongshi and tea tribes, stating that the BJP government had already tabled a Bill in Rajya Sabha, and ensured that it would not harm the rights and privileges of existing ST communities in the State.
The meeting was also addressed by State BJP chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass, NEDA chairman and State Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and AGP leader Birendra Prasad Baishya.