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BJP chief Amit Shah calls for 'Congress-mukt' Northeast

Centre-ruling party wants to take over reigns in Tripura, Meghalaya & Mizoram

Archis Mohan  |  New Delhi 

NEDA, BJP, Amit Shah, New Delhi
BJP President Amit Shah with Manipur CM of N Biren Singh, CM of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal and Nagaland CM T R Zeliang during the 2nd Conclave of North-East Democratic Alliance in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief on Tuesday expressed confidence that the Development Alliance (NEDA), which his party leads, would have governments in all the eight northeastern states. Shah said Prime Minister has instructed that at least one minister from his ministerial council to visit the region each fortnight, and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is preparing a roster for ministers.

Addressing the second conclave of NEDA, Shah said and its allies would soon achieve the objective of making the region 'Congress-mukt'. Currently, the and its allies run governments in five of these states. While has Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front government, and Meghalaya have governments.

convener and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the alliance expects to win in the forthcoming in Tripura, Meghalaya and and Meghalaya go to polls by February, while is slated to elect a new assembly in December 2018. The has also set the target of winning a majority of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the region.

Shah said wasn't just a political alliance, but a platform to "culturally unify" the diverse The chief claimed the government has done much more for the region than all of the previous governments, which were mostly Congress-led, at the Centre. He gave examples of the India-Land Boundary Agreement as an example of government's work that has benefited the region.

The chief said the Thirteenth Finance Commission had allocated Rs 87,628 crore. Under the Fourteenth Finance Commission recommendations, implemented by the government, the allocation for the region increased by 238 per cent to Rs 3,13,375 crore.

Chief ministers of governments led by BJP, its allies and leaders of its smaller allies in the region gathered in New Delhi on Sunday for the second conclave.

First Published: Tue, September 05 2017. 20:57 IST