By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, April 26: Union minister Kiren Rijiju today said that development in the Northeast has been slow as the BJP set its foot to this region late.
Speaking at the BJP rally in Guwahati today, Rijiju said: "In 1962, then MP Hem Baruah asked then Prime Minister Jawharlal Nehru to take steps against Chi hatching a plan to invade Assam. Nehru did precious little but to surrender. The people of Assam and the entire Northeast should have discarded the Congress then. However, the Congress continued to rule the State for many terms. This is the reason behind tardy development of Assam and other states in the region. However, be it late, the BJP has set its foot in the Northeast. Now development is sure to happen."
Speaking on the occasion, DoNER Minister Jitender Singh said: "Prime Minister rendra Modi has laid more stress on NE. Modi's dream of 'Making India' will have to start from this region as it is resourceful."
Singh said Modi has asked his Cabinet colleagues that at least a minister will have to visit a state after every 15 days.
Guwahati MP Bijoya Chakraborty said the misrule of the Congress in Assam has crossed its limit. "Congress MLA Rumi th is in jail. Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Anjan Dutta is involved in a number of scams. The Congress Government in the state constructed Guwahati Central Jail bigger as a number of its ministers and MLAs are sure to be inmates," she said.