BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday said that Northeast will be freed from Congress, taking part in the second conclave of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) in New Delhi.

He said infiltration, vote-bank politics and political use of killer groups have derailed Northeast’s development.

“I think we are successfully progressing towards that direction. In five of the eight states, we have chief ministers who are members of the NEDA. I am confident that in the upcoming elections, in all the eight states NEDA will be successful in forming the government,” Shah was quoted as saying by IANS news agency in New Delhi.

Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma who is the convener of the forum all the regional political parties except Congress which are part of the NEDA believe in all-round development.

“We believe in development and growth where everyone would proceed together,” Sarma said.

On Tuesday, the conclave was attended by CMs of Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Nagaland. Of the other three states, Tripura is governed by CPI-M, and Meghalaya and Mizoram by the Congress.

Further, Amit Shah said that the BJP has taken several initiatives in the past three years for the development of the region and stressed on the need to unite the region culturally.

“Northeast’s development is the government’s first priority. There has been change in our policy towards the region. I am happy to say that in the past three years under Narendra Modi’s leadership, the amount of work that has been done in the northeast has happened for the first time after Independence. As a result of this, people from different cultures and identities, every party came together on the platform of NEDA to take forward the growth engine of the country’s development,” he said.

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