UNLESS Northeast Develops, India Will Not Develop: PM Modi

February 27th, 2017 | by Pranab Kumar Chakravarty

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PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has accused the Congress and other vested interests of twisting the 2015 accord with Naga leaders for misleading the people of landlocked Manipur and other north-eastern states. There is not “a single word” in the agreement that would compromise the region’s territorial integrity and unity, PM Modi said on Saturday while addressing an election rally in Imphal.

He pledged that if BJP formed government in the state,  it would accomplish developmental projects and works in 15 months that the Congress “took 15 years to do. Modi said: “The Congress government in Manipur has been sleeping since 2015. The framework agreement was signed on August 3, 2015 and now the state government is raking up the issue with the election in view. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and others have been spreading lies to the people on the issue, “he said.”The Congress government has not done anything for the youths,” he said during his 53-minute speech. The state assembly elections are scheduled to be held in two phases on March 4 and 8  to elect 60 members.

The Corcom, the apex body of the six insurgent groups, has imposed a total shutdown from 6AM IST opposing the the Prime Minister’s rally. Normal life was thrown out of gear affecting  attendance at the rally.

Modi held the state government responsible for the continuing economic blockade and assured that once a Bharatiya Janata Party government is formed in Manipur there will be no more blockade. He also said the state government is not taking up effective steps to end the blockade. “The Centre is ready to give all assistances to end the blockade. The Congress government which has caused hardships to the people does not have the right to stick to power.”

“Unity of Manipur, welfare of its people and development of the state is our only goal. You gave them (Congress) 15 years, give us five years. I assure you we’ll complete the pending work in 15 months,” he said.”Manipur has been ruined in 15 years. Who is responsible? Congress did no development; do they deserve to be here now?” Modi asked. The corruption that took place in Manipur in last the 15 years will be exposed by our government. The PM also spoke at length about various welfare schemes initiated by NDA government for the benefit of the poor and other economically disadvantaged sections of the society.

“There is cash for jobs scam in the state. There are different rates for different categories of jobs. Because of power shortage there is no industry in the state.”Praising the sportspersons of the state who have brought laurels, Modi said that a fund was sanctioned for the sports university. Ibobi headed Manipur government is driving a wedge among the communities in the state for political gains. “Those who cannot ensure peace in the state have no right to govern Manipur. They made brothers fight each other in the state,” he added. During blockades and other disruptions the black marketers benefit as some Congress leaders are in hand and glove with such dishonest people.”If northeast India does not progress, the country’s progress will not be complete. When Atal Bihari Vajpayee formed the central government, he made policies for overall development of the region. But Congress did not carry forward the good work,” he added.

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