From 'they can't read your tweet' to 'hire kabootar from Maine Pyaar Kiya', Twitterati suggests ways BJP, Modi can help Assamese protesting CAB

Narendra Modi's tweet assuring 'the brothers and sisters of Assam that they have nothing to worry after the passing of CAB' received severe flak by the Twitterati who slammed the prime minister for tweeting a message to a populace which did not even have access to internet and mobile data. Violent protests have rocked northeastern states since 7 December, however, protests escalated overnight in Assam after the Lok Sabha on 9 December passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

FP Staff December 12, 2019 18:10:59 IST
From 'they can't read your tweet' to 'hire kabootar from Maine Pyaar Kiya', Twitterati suggests ways BJP, Modi can help Assamese protesting CAB
  • Congress took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his assurance to the people of Assam on Twitter after the passage of CAB

  • In series of tweets in Assamese and English, Modi said Centre is 'totally committed to constitutionally safeguard the political, linguistic, cultural and land rights of Assamese people'

  • But the tweet assuring 'the brothers and sisters of Assam that they have nothing to worry after the passing of CAB' caught the fancy of the Twitterati who slammed the prime minister for tweeting a message to a populace which did not even have access to internet and mobile data

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is quick to tweet condolences, birthday wishes and comment on crucial events across the world.

However, on Thursday, Twitterati were equally quick to respond to the prime minister's tweet assuring the people of Assam even as the northeastern state, along with its sister state Tripura, witnessed mob violence and police action in the past 24 to 48 hours after Parliament passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday.

Curfew has been imposed in Guwahati for an indefinite period, while mobile internet and data services been suspended in ten districts including Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Lakhinpur, till 7 pm Thursday. Tens of thousands of protesters against the CAB descended on the streets of Assam, clashing with police and plunging the state into chaos of a magnitude unseen since the violent six-year movement by students that ended with the signing of the Assam Accord.

The curfew, which was imposed at 6.15 pm, has been extended till indefinite period, Assam Police Additional Director General (Law and Order) Mukesh Agrawal told PTI. "We will periodically review the situation and take the decision to lift it accordingly," he reportedly said.

Modi tweeted:

The prime minister also tweeted:

But tweets caught the fancy of the Twitterati who took the the prime minister  to task for tweeting a message to a populace which did not even have access to internet and mobile data services.

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The Congress was among the first to react:

And then reactions poured in:

The Assam government on Wednesday suspended mobile internet and data services of all service providers for 24 hours starting 7 pm Wednesday in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup districts, according to a notification issued by the government. In Dibrugarh, to tackle the situation, the police had to fire rubber bullets and resort to lathi charge on the protesters, police said. The prime minister was reminded about all these developments and more in response to his tweet.

Widespread protests were reported through the week in Assam, with the Guwahati police commissioner being replaced by a top SPG official on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen has cancelled his three-day visit to India which was supposed to begin on Thursday. The development comes amid strong criticism from the neighbouring country over the contentious Bill.

According to an earlier advisory issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Momen was scheduled to arrive in New Delhi at 5.20 pm on Thursday. Diplomatic sources said Momen cancelled his trip over the situation arising out of the passage of the controversial legislation in the Parliament. However, issuing a statement in Dhaka, Momen said he had to cancel his trip to New Delhi due to pressing State engagements. The state government has also ordered all schools across the state to be shut till 22 December. A curfew was imposed in Tinsukia for 24 hours and in Jorhat for 12 hours. Section 144 was imposed by the Assam administration in several districts, including Sonitpur, Lakhimpur and Tinsukia.

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