Prime minister Narendra Modi on March 18 said that the Northeast region will be the key development hub of India and the NDA government has already re-established air, rail, road and water connectivity between the region and other parts of the country.

Addressing an election rally in Assam, Modi said that with Assam as the main stakeholder, the government is making Northeast India the development hub of India.

Lambasting the Congress, Modi said: “The Congress has become so weak that that now it can do anything to win elections. The party giving ‘Laal-Salaam’ (red salute) to the Left parties, wrestling with the Left parties in Kerala and allied with such a party in Assam which is harmful for state’s unity and integrity. Congress’s confusing approach could not deliver goods.”

Addressing his first election rally in Assam after the declaration of assembly polls on February 26, Modi said that the Barak Valley is abundant with resources.

The Barak Valley comprising three southern Assam districts – Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi – is mostly dominated by Bengali speaking Hindu and Muslims.

“The Barak Valley had huge resources of tea and petroleum wealth and had connections with other parts of India and neighbouring countries but the Congress destroyed all these resources,” he added.

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Saying that Rs 1,000 crore special package was allocated in this year’s central budget for the tea garden workers, the prime minister said that under the PM-KISAN scheme, 27 lakh farmers’ families in Assam are getting financial assistance.

“Double engine governments at the Centre and in the state would empower people of Assam to a large extent and make Assam an Aatmanirbhar state. It was a matter of regret that the Barak Valley was governed from Guwahati and it had limited use of resources and limited railway and other connectivity. Now the number of trains running in the valley and adjoining areas increased to double,” Modi added.

Modi, in his 27-minute speech, wished people in Bengali and referred to several prominent personalities too.

“During its regime, the Congress party divided Assam in all possible ways while the BJP government has been connecting the people at all fronts. We are not connecting the state just physically, but also connecting it culturally and heartily,” the PM said while addressing his election rally at Bhatgram in southern Assam’s Karimganj.

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