GUWAHATI: PM Narendra Modi, while addressing his first election rally after the announcement of poll dates in Assam’s Karimganj on Thursday, slammed Congress by saying that the party has kept the people of Assam divided on all fronts. However, the PM was silent on the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) despite acceptance of the law in the Barak Valley.
“Today, there is a wave of development and trust in Assam and there is only one issue in Assam — development,” Modi said. In his last four visits to the Brahmaputra Valley in the state since February, where the CAA was a cause of violent unrest in 2019, Modi remained silent on the law that eases citizenship to non-Muslim victims of religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Modi said he was starting his Assam campaign from the Barak Valley because it was the gateway of BJP’s double-engine government. “The Barak Valley is not only the gateway of Assam but also the gateway of BJP in Assam. Three decades ago, when BJP was not a big a party, Barak Valley elected nine out of 15 MLAs in 1991. That is why I am starting my campaign from the Barak Valley,” he added.