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PM Modi not to visit Assam on January 10 for Khelo India Games

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not visit Guwahati on January 10 to declare open the Khelo India Games due to “lack of time”, a senior BJP leader said on January 8.

“It (the visit) is cancelled,” Assam BJP spokesman Dewan Dhruba Jyoti Maral was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

Maral said the state government had approached the prime minister, but the visit did not happen as Modi could not find time.

“The state government approached him. But he cannot give time,” he said.

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, however, said the state government had not received any programme of the prime minister at the first place.

“We had not received any programme of PM. So without confirmation at the first place how can there be cancellation?” Sarma told IANS.

The news of the prime minister not coming to Guwahati for the Games comes amid the ongoing protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

The All Assam Students Union (AASU), which is spearheading the protests against the new citizenship law, had warned of mass protests if Modi visits Assam for the Games.

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