Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed Barak Valley as the gateway to the BJP-led double engine government in the state and at the centre.
In his address to a packed Bhatgram field in North Karimganj on Thursday, Modi said, "the BJP government is working to transform North East. I am happy to start the first political meeting for the Assembly elections amidst such a sea of people here in Barak Valley which is not just Assam's gateway but also the gateway to the double engine Government."
Recalling the election results of three decades ago when BJP won nine out of the 15 seats , Modi said "today there is wave of peace, development and prosperity in Assam and people are eager to bless us with more support."
Taking a dig at the Congress party and its alliance with the AIUDF, the Prime Minister said, "Congress is such a party which neither has a leader nor has the principles and vision to lead the people of the State and that is why it has to seek support of the party with lock and key."
The Prime Minister hailed theState Government led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for the work done to provide facilities to the people of Barak Valley by setting up the Mini Secretariat.
"The State Government has done phenomenal work with the setting up of Mini Secretariat in Barak Valley which would lessen the woes of the people for administrative works. This shows the intent of the Government unlike the Congress regime in which the office of the Divisional Commissioner was administered from Guwahati." PM Modi added.
He urged the masses to take back the message of inclusive development and encourage every individual to vote BJP to power.
State Finance Minister and NEDA convener Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy, Karimganj MP Kripanath Mallah along with the candidates from BJP and AGP contesting in the 15 seats of southern Assam attended the meeting.
However, even as Modi spoke about Atmanirbhar Assam in his 26-minute speech, there was no mention of the two closed paper mills under Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited.