Assam Ready For PM Modi's Visit Post Bodo Accord; Kokrajhar Aglow With Earthen Lamps

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PM Narendra Modi will address a rally in Bodo-dominated Kokrajhar town of Assam on Feb 7. Ahead of his visit, the excitement can be seen building up in the city

Written By Jay Pandya | Mumbai | Updated On:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in Bodo-dominated Kokrajhar town of Assam on 7 February. The visit comes a week after the central government signed a peace pact with several Bodo militant groups and a student body. The government has already declared a holiday on Friday. 

Ahead of his visit, the excitement can be seen building up in the city. On Thursday, All-Bodo Students Union (ABSU) carried out a bike rally welcoming the Bodo Accord. Citizens also lit thousands of earthen lamps across the city in celebration of the historic accord. A cultural programme of ethnic groups of Assam is being organised to showcase the diversity of the state, according to an official statement.

'I look forward to being in Assam'

"Tomorrow, I look forward to being in Assam. I will be in Kokrajhar to address a public meeting. We will mark the successful signing of the Bodo Accord, which brings to an end a problem that had been persisting for decades. It marks the start of a new era of peace and progress," he said in a tweet.

Historic Bodo accord

The Bodo Accord was signed on January 27 by the government with four factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), All Bodo Students' Union and a civil society group for bringing lasting peace in Bodo-dominated areas in Assam. The signing of the Bodo agreement led to surrender of over 1,500 militants of the major insurgent group NDFB. 

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This will be the Prime Minister's first visit to the Northeast since protests erupted against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act last December in which three people were killed. A summit meeting between Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, scheduled to be held in Guwahati in December, was also cancelled due to the anti-CAA protests. Modi was also invited for the inauguration of the recently-concluded 'Khelo India' games in Guwahati but he did not attend it.

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(With agency inputs)

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