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Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Chera Taya addressing a press conference in Itanagar on Thursday
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Arunachal Cong to hold rally against Citizenship Bill on Feb 9

Demonstration in Itanagar to coincide with PM Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to state to inaugurate and lay foundation stones of nine coveted projects

Damien Lepcha

Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) is set to hold a peaceful demonstration-cum-protest rally against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Itanagar on Saturday, the day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the frontier state along with Assam and Tripura.

This was on Thursday announced by APCC general secretary Chera Taya, who added that the protest rally, which would be taken out from Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, will culminate with a sit-in protest at the Tennis Court in Indira Park in the capital city. This would coincide with the PM’s arrival at 9.20 am, Taya added.

Taya, who was addressing a news conference at the Arunachal Press Club in Itanagar, said that the APCC was not allowed to submit a memorandum to the PM following which the party had chosen the particular date to express their resentment over the Bill.

The Congress had also on January 24 carried out demonstrations and protest rallies in various places of the state against the Bill.

“The passing of the contentious Citizenship Bill in the Lok Sabha last month has clearly exposed the BJP-led government’s double standards. We will not accept such ‘anti-people’ Bill that aims to gulp the entire northeast region by providing Indian citizenship to illegal immigrants,” said Taya.

The Bill, which envisages Indian citizenship to persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis or Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of continuous stay, has already been passed in the Lok Sabha last month and is likely to come up in the Rajya Sabha next week.

Taking a dig at PM Modi, the Congress general secretary said, “Jumla Raja (Modi) is coming to the state again to make fake promises to the people.”

He will announce schemes but will not release funds for the same. Moreover, the PM would be inaugurating schemes which were passed during the Congress regime in Arunachal, Taya said.

During his visit to Itanagar on Saturday, Modi is likely to inaugurate and lay foundation stone plaques of nine coveted projects.

He is expected to lay the foundation stones for Greenfield Airport at Hollongi, Film Television Institute at Jote, Sela Pass tunnel and approach road in Tawang and seven 132KV and 24 33 KV sub-stations under comprehensive scheme for strengthening of transmission and distribution system.

Besides this, the PM is also likely to inaugurate the retrofitted airport at Tezu, 50 health and wellness centres, launch DD ‘ArunPrabha’ Channel, dedicate the 110-MW Pare Hydro Electric Plant and declare 100% household electrification under Saubhagya Scheme.

Following the inauguration ceremony, Modi is also likely to address a public rally at Indira Gandhi Park.

Meanwhile, the Congress has also questioned the silence of chief minister Pema Khandu and MoS from Home Kiren Rijiju over the Bill.

Appealing to duo to also register their strong protest against the Bill, Taya informed that representatives from the People’s Party of Arunachal (the lone regional party in the state), National People’s Party, various community-based organisations, student unions, NGOs are expected the join the protest rally.

The Congress also appealed all like-minded organisations and individuals to participate in the rally.

Earlier in the day, chief secretary Satya Gopal convened a meeting at his office in Itanagar to review the arrangements made for the PM’s visit.