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Tripura to be gateway of Southeast Asian countries: PM

IANS  |  Agartala 

said on Saturday that with help from the government, and by using their ports and other infrastructure, would become the gateway to Southeast Asian countries.

Apart from its 165 km border with and Mizoram, is all surrounded by Bangaladesh with which it shares a 856 km border.

Addressing a public rally at the here, the said that a spate of development projects in the state would turn into the best state in the country.

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 (TSF) boycotted the Prime Minister's programmes on Saturday as a mark of protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The 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 for more than 55 years are now keen to form a 'majboor' (desperate) government while the would form a 'mazboot' (strong) government after the upcoming

"Instead of looking into various issues, they (opposition parties) are only giving 'gali' (abuse) to Modi. It seems an is going on to deride me," the said.

"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 led

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 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 has recently taken steps to empower the (TTAADC) for the all-round development of the tribals in the state.

Before his rally, Modi dedicated a 23.32 km railway track in southern Tripura to the nation and inaugurated the new complex of (TIT) at Narsingarh, near here.

He also released a book written in Hindi and Bengali by on Tripura's last (ruled 1923-1947).

In his address, Deb thanked the Prime Minister for increasing the allocation for northeastern states by 21 per cent in the interim Budget.

also spoke on the occasion.



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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 20:38 IST