GUWAHATI: A second day of protests on Saturday tainted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s go to to northeast India the place proposals to vary a nationality regulation have sparked outrage.
Protesters waved black flags and burned effigies of the Hindu nationalist prime minister whereas some college students staged a nude protest outdoors the state authorities complicated within the Assam capital of Guwahati.
Black flag protests greeted Modi when he arrived in Guwahati on Friday night time to start out the tour of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura as he prepares to name a nationwide election.
His nationalist Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) has confronted a extreme backlash within the area over a proposed change to a 1955 citizenship act which might give Indian nationality to Hindus and different minorities who’ve fled Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Modi insisted that his authorities will be certain that the amended regulation doesn’t hurt Assam and neighbouring states nevertheless. Addressing one public rally, he stated the invoice, which nonetheless wants approval from India’s higher chamber, was a “nationwide dedication” to the minorities.
Modi stated citizenship will solely be granted after thorough checks on every applicant.
Printed in Daybreak, February 10th, 2019