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NE to be Congress-mukt soon: Amit Shah

By STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, May 20 - Asserting that the northeastern states have made all-round progress since the NDA regime took office four years ago, BJP president Amit Shah today exuded confidence that constituents of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) will be in power in eight states of the region soon and the area will become �Congress-mukt�.

Addressing the third conclave of the NEDA here today, Shah said that the alliance is not merely a political or regional platform but is a �geo-cultural alliance� which has brought together the BJP and other anti-Congress forces of the Northeast.

�Today we are in power in seven states of the Northeast. But one state still remains. Polls are to be held there soon. So by the time the next conclave of the NEDA is held, all eight northeastern states will be with us. And then the Northeast will be Congress-mukt,� he said.

Constituents of the NEDA are currently in power in all the northeastern states, barring Mizoram where the Congress is the ruling party. Polls to the Mizoram Legislative Assembly are slated to take place later this year.

He said that plans are afoot to form a youth wing and a women�s wing of the NEDA. Besides, an annual NEDA sports festival is also being envisaged.

Shah said the Congress party only used the northeastern region for political reasons and added that, in contrast, the BJP and its allies are for politics of development. He accused successive Congress regimes in the region of being involved in corruption, including pilferage of Central funds.

�Such practices have stopped since the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge and funds are now reaching the targeted beneficiaries,� he said, adding that focus was now on �politics of development instead of briefcase politics.�

Shah said Central assistance to the northeastern states has gone up substantially under the NDA dispensation and exuded confidence that within a decade or two, the Northeast�s contribution to the Indian economy will reach greater numbers. �When the Congress was in power in the Centre, the Northeast used to be neglected,� he said.

The BJP chief said the government was committed to not only bring the various tribes and ethnic communities of the Northeast closer but also to protect and preserve the culture, language and heritage of even the numerically smallest community. �NEDA is a platform which represents the entire Northeast and works for this region,� he added.

Shah said the Centre has taken a number of steps to boost infrastructure, connectivity, trade and commerce in the Northeast and added that peace in the region has got a boost since Modi assumed prime ministership.

Speaking on the occasion, NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma said that �never in the history of India has there been such a cohesive political alliance� like the regional political grouping.

�Despite the fact that the BJP itself has influence enough to win polls on its own in many states, our party president Amit Shah said that we must work with our allies,� he said, adding, �together we will work to make the Northeast the most prosperous region of India.�

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in his speech, said that the BJP and its allies will continue to strive for development of the region. �Prime Minister Modi looks at the Northeast as India�s engine of growth. The region has seen lot of developments since he took over,� he said.

The conclave was also addressed by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Lok Sabha MP from Sikkim PD Rai, IPFT leader NC Debbarma, AGP president Atul Bora and BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary.

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NE to be Congress-mukt soon: Amit Shah

GUWAHATI, May 20 - Asserting that the northeastern states have made all-round progress since the NDA regime took office four years ago, BJP president Amit Shah today exuded confidence that constituents of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) will be in power in eight states of the region soon and the area will become �Congress-mukt�.

Addressing the third conclave of the NEDA here today, Shah said that the alliance is not merely a political or regional platform but is a �geo-cultural alliance� which has brought together the BJP and other anti-Congress forces of the Northeast.

�Today we are in power in seven states of the Northeast. But one state still remains. Polls are to be held there soon. So by the time the next conclave of the NEDA is held, all eight northeastern states will be with us. And then the Northeast will be Congress-mukt,� he said.

Constituents of the NEDA are currently in power in all the northeastern states, barring Mizoram where the Congress is the ruling party. Polls to the Mizoram Legislative Assembly are slated to take place later this year.

He said that plans are afoot to form a youth wing and a women�s wing of the NEDA. Besides, an annual NEDA sports festival is also being envisaged.

Shah said the Congress party only used the northeastern region for political reasons and added that, in contrast, the BJP and its allies are for politics of development. He accused successive Congress regimes in the region of being involved in corruption, including pilferage of Central funds.

�Such practices have stopped since the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge and funds are now reaching the targeted beneficiaries,� he said, adding that focus was now on �politics of development instead of briefcase politics.�

Shah said Central assistance to the northeastern states has gone up substantially under the NDA dispensation and exuded confidence that within a decade or two, the Northeast�s contribution to the Indian economy will reach greater numbers. �When the Congress was in power in the Centre, the Northeast used to be neglected,� he said.

The BJP chief said the government was committed to not only bring the various tribes and ethnic communities of the Northeast closer but also to protect and preserve the culture, language and heritage of even the numerically smallest community. �NEDA is a platform which represents the entire Northeast and works for this region,� he added.

Shah said the Centre has taken a number of steps to boost infrastructure, connectivity, trade and commerce in the Northeast and added that peace in the region has got a boost since Modi assumed prime ministership.

Speaking on the occasion, NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma said that �never in the history of India has there been such a cohesive political alliance� like the regional political grouping.

�Despite the fact that the BJP itself has influence enough to win polls on its own in many states, our party president Amit Shah said that we must work with our allies,� he said, adding, �together we will work to make the Northeast the most prosperous region of India.�

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in his speech, said that the BJP and its allies will continue to strive for development of the region. �Prime Minister Modi looks at the Northeast as India�s engine of growth. The region has seen lot of developments since he took over,� he said.

The conclave was also addressed by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Lok Sabha MP from Sikkim PD Rai, IPFT leader NC Debbarma, AGP president Atul Bora and BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary.

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