New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will, on Friday, visit Kokrajhar to participate in the celebrations of the signing of the Bodo agreement.

Prime Minister Modi will address a rally in Bodo-dominated Kokrajhar town of Assam. In a tweet yesterday, Modi had said that the accord marks the start of "a new era of peace and progress".

This will be the first visit of Prime Minister Modi since the state has been witnessing violent anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests. 

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Assam will closely watch Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s words for observations on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which has left the state restive since December. 

While the Congress and leading organisations such as the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), which are spearheading the anti-CAA movement in the state, want the Prime Minister to clear his stand on Assam’s age-old issue of illegal immigration, the ruling BJP is hoping that he may clear the doubts over the CAA.

The visit comes days after the state government signed a tripartite agreement with representatives of all factions of the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) at the ministry of home affairs (MHA) in New Delhi.

The signing of the Bodo agreement led to the surrender of over 1,500 militants of the major insurgent group NDFB.

The Bodo groups have been demanding a separate state of Bodoland for the last 50 years. The movement has resulted in extensive violence and loss of hundreds of lives over the years.