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Northeast people to light candles to honour Modi

By The Assam Tribune

Guwahati, May 25 (IANS): Thousands of people from the Northeast will light candles in their homes and offices across the country to show their respect for Narendra Modi as he takes oath as India's new Prime Minister on Monday.

Mohen Naorem, a filmmaker from Manipur, has launched an initiative called 'MODIfied Northeast India' and has appealed to all northeastern communities living across the country and other parts of the world to light candles at 6 pm on Monday when Modi takes oath of office at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

"The victory of Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party is the victory of the northeastern States as well. We, the Northeasterners, need him more than any other region. To support and encourage a cordial relationship with the leader, we have formed this initiative," Naorem said.

He said the forum will try to bridge the gap between the Northeast and the other parts of the country and will prepare a vision document for the region for the Prime Minister.

More than 10,000 volunteers across various cities like Delhi, Pune and Bangalore will take part in the event, he said.

He said the motive was to celebrate and "welcome the good days that are coming".

"We have requested the people to take a photograph of lighting up their houses or offices and send it to us at the email id - [email protected]. One can also send us a wish to the Prime Minister along with the photograph," Naorem said.

"We are going to send those to the Prime Minister. We want to make sure that the Prime Minister ushers in development in the northeastern States on the lines of Gujarat," he added.

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