Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Congress and its allies of raising a storm over citizenship law and asserted that the opposition parties were behind the unrest and arson in parts of the country. The prime minister, addressing an election rally, lashed out at the opposition alliance in Jharkhand saying the Congress does not have any roadmap for developing the country.
PM Modi also congratulated the people of Assam for keeping away from violence. "You can easily make out who is spreading violence by the clothes they wear," he said. "I congratulate our brothers and sisters in Assam for staying away from those who spread violence. They are making their points in a peaceful way," he said at an election rally in Jharkhand's Dumka. "The Congress and its supporters are spreading fire. When they are not heard, they spread arson," he added.
Amid protests in West Bengal and Assam over the new Citizenship law, PM Modi listed its importance and said it allows persecuted religious groups from neighbouring countries to become Indian citizen. He said the decision was "1000 percent correct".
Explaining the rationale behind bringing in the law, the PM said it was necessary to improve the lives and provide respect to those people who have suffered because they were a minority in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
“Our Parliament made a significant change related to citizenship law due to which a small number of people religious minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who were being oppressed there will get shelter here… Our decision is 1000% right and actions of the Congress prove that all decisions taken in Parliament are correct,” he said.
“Congress and its allies are stoking fire over the citizenship Act but people of the Northeast have rejected violence. Actions of the Congress prove that all decisions taken in Parliament are correct,” he said.
PM Modi claimed that leaders of the opposition parties have only built palaces for themselves without being concerned about the problems faced by the people. Listing the achievements of the BJP-led governments at the Centre and the state, he said, “I have come here to give an account of the development work done by our party in the state.”