Assam CM Sonowal appeals childhood.

Assam CM Sonowal appeals childhood.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday asserted that forces inimical to the state’s interest are trying to create”rifts between different communities” through agitations and the youths should work hard for development insted of linking those movements.

The BJP leaders’ appeal came from the backdrop of intensifying protest throughout the state against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that’s likely to be introduced in Parliament on Monday. “The young generation of the nation must endeavour to place Assam strongly at the world point with hard work, dedication, honesty and sincerity and they have to not while the most productive time of their lives in motions and agitations,” Sonowal said at a function .

At the same programme, senior BJP leader and minister Himanta Biswa Sarma urged the people to not allow the forces which are trying to create rifts among various communities to triumph as the state has not gained anything from movements in the last 40-50 years.

They will be granted Indian citizenship after residing in the country for five years, rather than 11 years which is the present rule. People of the Northeastern states fear that those people’s entrance will endanger livelihood and their identity. The AASU and various organisations have launched a series of agitations against the Bill.

Sonowal reported the current state government was formed by the indigenous people and it will not do anything to jeopardise the Assamese race’s identity. “Constructing a strong job culture in the state should be the prime objective of everybody and youths should not be duped to combine agitations based on concocted and baseless grounds,” the chief minister asserted.

He was talking at the foundation stone laying programme of this 1.4 km-long double-lane flyover near the secretariat complex here, to be constructed at a cost of Rs 127.20 crore and scheduled to be finished within three years. “Positive change in the society won’t come through agitations and moves but it will come through hard work and devotion as shown by the state government in the previous three-and-a-half decades,” he explained.

During his speech, say Finance Minister Sarma said, after a very long time, Assam is currently going through one of those periods of growth and peace.

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