‘Will not allow violence to return in Northeast’: PM Modi at Assam rally


Kokrajhar (Assam): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took a jibe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s “danda” remark and said that some leaders talk about beating him with sticks but he is protected by the blessings of “all mothers of India”.

“At times some leaders talk about beating me with sticks, but I’m saved by the blessings of all mothers of India. I pay my respects and thank all of you. I am here to instil a new belief in all Assamese people,” he said while addressing a public meeting in Kokrajhar.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had said that youth will hit Prime Minister Narendra Modi with sticks if he is unable to address the issue of unemployment in the country.

“The Prime Minister is delivering speeches now, but six months later, he will not be able to even leave his home. The youth of India will beat him up with sticks and make him understand that this country will not be able to make progress until jobs are provided to them,” the Congress leader had said while addressing a rally for the party candidate in Delhi polls.

“It’s because of people’s support that a new dawn of permanent peace has arrived in Assam. We have to work together for peace and development of NE, will not allow violence to return,” Modi said at the rally which is being held to celebrate Bodo peace accord.

“The agreements signed in 1993 and 2003 could not bring permanent peace in BTAD; there is no demand left with the signing of this Bodo Accord,” he said.

“It is time to implement Clause 6 of Assam Accord, Centre will work expeditiously once the report is submitted. I welcome all those who were part of the Bodo Land Movement and have joined the mainstream. After five decades, with full harmony, the expectations and aspirations of every partner associated with the Bodo Land Movement have been respected,” he said.

“Today is the day to acknowledge the support of all the young people belonging to All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary & Assam Govt, who played a very positive role for this agreement,” Modi added.

“Nobody addressed issues of Northeast and allowed disturbances to continue; this approach distanced people of region and they lost faith in the Constitution. Northeast was under AFSPA for a long time but now Tripura and many parts of other states are free from it,” Modi said while attacking Congress.