Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that with help from the Bangladesh government, and by using their ports and other infrastructure, Tripura would become the gateway to Southeast Asian countries.
However, in his 25-minute speech in Hindi, he did not for once refer to the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill against which massive agitations were going on in the entire northeastern region, including Tripura.
Three CPI-M MPs of the state and the Tripura Student Federation (TSF) boycotted the Prime Minister's programmes on Saturday as a mark of protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The Congress also displayed black flags and released black balloons in the city on the same issue.
Lashing out at the opposition parties' 'Mahagatbandhan' (grand alliance), the Prime Minister, without naming the Congress, said the party which led the Central government for more than 55 years are now keen to form a 'majboor' (desperate) government while the Bharatiya Janata Party would form a 'mazboot' (strong) government after the upcoming general elections.
"While coming to Agartala city from the airport, I saw cheerful faces of the people as they are now free from the clutches of the previous government's rule after 25 years," he said, without naming the former Communist Party of India-Marxist led Left Front government.
Modi said that huge amounts were earlier sanctioned by the Centre for many projects and schemes, but the previous government in the state siphoned off the funds.
"They (CPI-M led Left Front) only did politics with the people, especially with the poor and the working class. Earlier, people belonging to only one party were benefited. But now the government benefits are for all and are very transparent."
Elaborating his government's welfare measures, the Prime Minister said the Central government has recently taken steps to empower the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) for the all-round development of the tribals in the state.
In his address, Deb thanked the Prime Minister for increasing the allocation for northeastern states by 21 per cent in the interim Budget.
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