Amit Shah Says NE Will be ‘Congress-Mukt’ After Upcoming Mizoram Pollsby Opinion Express May 21, 2018 0 comments
BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday shown confidence of winning the upcoming Assembly elections in Mizoram and announcing it to be the eighth northeastern state that would join the BJP in its aim of a ‘Congress-Mukt Northeast’.
Shah said this while addressing the third conclave of the BJP led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra here on Sunday and added that all the eight Chief Ministers of northeastern States will be sitting in the next NEDA conclave after the Mizoram elections.
Shah’s visit to Assam witnessed protests by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) whose members waived black flags to Shah in protest against Centre’s move to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on the stretch from airport near Guwahati to Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra, where the conclave was organised. Police also arrested KMSS chief Akhil Gogoi and some of his colleagues from near the meeting venue to be release later.
“This is only the third conclave of NEDA and I can see representation from seven northeastern State here including the Chief Ministers, Deputy Chief Ministers, MLAs and MPs from our constituent parties,” said Shah while adding that all the eight Chief Ministers of northeastern States will be sitting here together after the Mizoram elections.
“NEDA was formed after we won the elections in Assam in 2016. Following Assam, we formed Governments in Manipur and Tripura. In Nagaland and Meghalaya, NEDA constituents NDPP and NPP respectively has formed the Governments with support from the BJP,” Shah said.
The BJP president also launched an attack on the Congress and said that all the Congress Chief Ministers of northeastern States have amassed bunglows and huge properties outside the State and in many Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore etc. “The BJP Government has ensured that every paisa sanctioned by the Centre reaches to the people in the grassroots in all the States,” he said.
Shah said that the NEDA is not only a political platform but geo-cultural platform which have brought together all the northeastern states to discuss and implement ways to ensure development.
“Earlier northeastern states are used to be known for corruptions. Now due to the presence of NEDA governments, the northeastern states have gone beyond ‘briefcase politics’ and new milestones of developments are being achieved in different states,” he said adding that the youths of the northeastern states are now looking up to NEDA with a hope.
It may be mentioned here that the conclave on Sunday was participated by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and others. Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling could not attend due to other engagement.
Writer: Anup Sharma
Courtesy: The Pioneer