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As Guwahati boils over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured the people of Assam that they have nothing to worry about and that their rights will be protected.
Taking to Twitter after protests rocked Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the people of Assam that they have nothing to worry about the passing of CAB. LIVE UPDATES here
"I want to assure my brothers and sisters of Assam that they have nothing to worry after the passing of CAB. I want to assure them- no one can take away your rights, unique identity and beautiful culture. It will continue to flourish and grow," PM Modi wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
The PM assured the people, "The Central Government and I are totally committed to constitutionally safeguard the political, linguistic, cultural and land rights of the Assamese people as per the spirit of Clause 6."
The people, meanwhile, defied curfew in Guwahati on Thursday morning to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as the situation remained tense throughout Assam, with the Army conducting flag march in the city.
Guwahati was placed under indefinite curfew last night while the Army was called in at four places and Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura on Wednesday as the two northeastern states plunged into chaos over the hugely emotive Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB.
All Assam Student's Union has called for a protest at 11 am in Guwahati. Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti appealed to the people to come out on the road for peaceful protest.
Landmark day for India: PM Modi on CAB passage
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Wednesday described the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by Parliament as a "landmark day" for India and its ethos of compassion and brotherhood.
The bill will "alleviate sufferings of many who faced persecution for years" PM Modi had written on Twitter.
Rajya Sabha approved the bill, completing the legislative procedure for giving Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.