Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cancelled his scheduled inauguration of the Khelo India Youth Games 2020 in Guwahati, Assam on 10 January. “We had invited the Prime Minister. Till now, no confirmation has come. But informally, we have been informed that he is not coming,” Avinash Joshi, CEO of Khelo India Games told The Indian Express.
This comes amid the All Assam Students’ Union-led protests against CAA in multiple parts of the state. It also comes weeks after the India-Japan summit scheduled to be held between 15-17 December in Guwahati was cancelled due to the protests.
Assam has seen protests over the issue for the past two years which escalated after the Citizenship Amendment Bill was introduced and passed in Parliament during the winter session in December last year. At least four people died in alleged police firing while another two died allegedly during violence by miscreants, last month.
The Khelo India Games was launched in 2018 to imbibe a culture of sports in the country. The third edition of the event is scheduled to be held from January 10 to 22.