For quick paced development in North-Eastern Nagaland, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised political stability in the state if BJP is elected to power. Addressing an election rally in the poll bound state, Prime Minister promised construction of 8,500 houses at a cost of Rs 160 crores.
Speaking about the Naga insurgency in the state, PM said that he hopes to find a “respectable and acceptable” agreement and solution to the issue in ‘few months’. Prime Minister also said he always had high regards for traditional virtues of Naga people and the BJP government will ensure development and also bring in effective modern marketing facilities for the local people. “For this, we all have to work together,” Prime Minister said in Hindi as his speech was translated into Nagamese by Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju.
“A stable and strong government is essential for the state,” he said.
The Prime Minister also promised Rs 1800 crore for the transformation of capital Kohima into a ‘smart city’ and encouraged farmers to shift towards organic farming as the state has immense potential for it.
Modi is on a day long visit to the North East where elections in two states are due on February 27. In Nagaland, BJP is contesting 20 seats in the 60-member assembly and ally NDPP is contesting on the remaining 40.
Later in the day, Modi addressed the public in Meghalaya’s Phulbari district where he targeted ruling Congress for taking the state for granted. He also said that the Congress govt does not work in the state without commission. He said that the BJP wants to further strengthen the ‘Act East Policy’, which will open up opportunities for people in the state and in the entire Northeast region.
Meghalaya which is considered as a Congress bastion since its statehood in 1972 will also go to polls on February 27.
On Wednesday Congress President Rahul Gandhi hit the streets of Shillong to campaign for the party during a road show. Taking a swipe at the Prime Minister over disgraced businessmen Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya fleeing the country following accusations of fraud, Rahul called him a ”great magician” capable of making democracy ”disappear”.
”Scamsters like Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi and Nirav Modi magically disappeared from India and reappeared in foreign lands out of the reach of Indian law. Modiji’s magic can even make democracy disappear from India very soon,” he told an election rally at Jowai in poll-bound Meghalaya.
Gandhi also said the BJP-led government had failed to create jobs for youth and fair prices to farmers for their produce. The Congress is in power in the state for three consecutive terms, and is eyeing a fourth under Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.
(With Bureau Inputs)