Chaos ruled the Uzan Bazar area in the city near the Swahid Nyas – the headquarters of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) – on February 8th, 2019 as hundreds of AASU activists blocked the roads and displayed black fags in protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Assam visit.
Heavy police bandobast has been made in the city and in the surrounding areas to ensure a hassle-free visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Assam. Police and other departments swung into action to make last minute preparations for the Prime Minister who will be addressing a public meeting and lay foundation stones of several projects.
Major roads leading to the Raj Bhawan witnessed bumper-to-bumper traffic as vehicles moved at a snail pace, causing severe inconvenience to thousands of people.
The AASU activists were barred from protesting on the road by the city police. The gates were locked and the AASU leaders were seen raising ‘Go back Modi’ from the other side of the gate. As per schedule, Modi, who landed in Guwahati on February 8th, 2019, will pass through the road in-front-of the AASU head office to Raj Bhawan. The AASU activists also waved black flags to protest Modi’s visit.
State’s Urban development Minister Pijush Hazarika, State Labour and Employment Minister Pallab Lochan Das and State Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya were also seen outside AASU’s headquarters.
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On the other hand, BJP activists were seen assembling outside the AASU head office to welcome the Prime Minister. The situation has thrown the traffic out of gear in the entire city. It may be mentioned that Modi is on a visit to the Northeastern states – Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura to inaugurate several projects.
On the other hand, the premier regional political party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which broke the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Assam, took out a ‘mashaal march’ (torch rally) in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.