Black balloons hover over Ujjayanta Palace complex in Agartala while PM addresses gathering at Astabal Ground; unique form of protest staged to oppose Citizenship Bill
Agartala: While Prime Minister Narendra Modi was speaking during a rally in Agartala on Saturday, the sky suddenly turned dark with black balloons hovering over the sky. Modi was addressing a gathering at Astabal Ground in the capital city of Tripura during the last leg of his Northeast tour on Saturday evening.
Later, Tripura Congress leader and royal scion Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma confirmed the same on Twitter: “Seeing black balloons over the iconic Ujayanta Palace while Narendra Modi addresses the public at the Astabal Ground”.
While no political or non-political organisations have claimed responsibility yet, it can be speculated that the balloons were flown in protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off his two-day tour of three North-eastern states on Friday evening which did not go down well with the protesters. He was welcomed with protesters who waved black flags at the PM as his convoy passed through the GS Road in Guwahati late on Friday evening.
Protest rallies were also organised in Arunachal Pradesh by the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC). In Tripura, in protest against the bill, members of Tripura Students' Federation called for boycotting the Prime Minister’s event. The three MPs of Tripura also boycotted the Prime Minister’s event in protest against the Bill.