PASIGHAT (Arunachal): Playing the ‘development’ card, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday exhorted the people of Arunachal Pradesh to remain cautious from the ‘divisive’ politics of the Opposition Congress and to vote the BJP back to power at the Centre and in the State as well, to give a boost to the ‘double engine’ of growth in the Himalayan State in particular and the Northeast region as a whole.
“The Congress, which ruled the country for 55 years, neglected the Northeast region, especially Arunachal Pradesh which had never found its place in the heart and Delhi during the regime of the grand old party,” Modi said, while addressing a massive election rally at Pasighat, the headquarters of East Siang district, over 200 kilometres from the State capital.
“After the NDA came to power in 2014, the scenario changed with representatives from Delhi often visiting the region and the State to know their challenges and problems,” the Prime Minister said, adding the Opposition was only providing ‘lip services’ to the people of the State.
Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was the first to introduce NE-specific schemes, Modi said. “You have given everything to the Congress in the last several decades, but did the party reciprocate you?” Modi questioned. Modi said the upcoming Lok Sabha polls will be about the choice between “trust and corruption, and about resolution and conspiracy”.
“You must stand united and give a befitting reply to the party which had only made promises on papers instead of working on the ground,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
Criticizing the Congress manifesto of being a ‘hypocrisy document’, which is ‘filled with lies’, the Prime Minister cited the Congress manifesto for the 2004 Lok Sabha elections and said it had promised that every house would have electricity by 2009.
“With the NDA coming back to power in 2014, it fulfilled the promise of the Congress by illuminating 18,000 villages across the country within 1,000 days,” Narendra Modi claimed.
“Just like them (the Congress), their manifesto is corrupt and full of lies. Therefore, it should be called a hypocrisy document, not a manifesto,” Narendra Modi said.
He also alleged that the Congress was fooling farmers in the name of votes, whereas the BJP government has always been with them. “We never committed the sin of betraying farmers and we introduced the mechanism from seed to market,” the PM said.
Referring to the development trajectory initiated by the NDA government for Arunachal, the Prime Minister said that with the support and blessings of the people many mega projects like the Advance Landing Grounds (ALGs) at Pasighat and Tezu, train connectivity between Naharlagun and Guwahati and Naharlagun and New Delhi could be possible.
Modi said unlike the Congress, the BJP never made false promises and remained true to its commitment by providing free LPG connection to nearly 60 crore women in the country, besides constructing toilets in every village and providing healthcare facilities under the Ayushman Bharat Yojana.
“Without your support, it is not possible for this ‘Chowkidar’ (watchman) to take the State to the zenith of development. It was your faith and support which provided me the energy to work day and night,” he said.
“Though I cannot claim that I have completed all the works, but I can say that I am a man who can withstand any challenges the country is facing and can plan and execute all works with dedication and commitment,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister said that his vision is to make Arunachal the gateway of Southeast Asian countries. Asserting that he is committed to safeguarding the tribal tradition and culture, the Prime Minister said that he had visited the region more than 30 times in comparison to his predecessors, because of the love and affection he has with the people of the Northeast.
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