Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed rallies in Nagaland and Meghalaya. Both of these states are set to hold state assembly elections on February 27.
Addressing the gathering at Tuensang district of Nagaland, Modi said: “I can see the picture of ‘Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat’ (One India, Best India) before me in Tuensang. By attending this rally in large numbers, you have given a befitting reply to the players of vote-bank politics and those who polarize the society.”
“Talented people of Nagaland, be it in the field of sports, art, culture, or music, have always enhanced the value of this country,” he added.
“There is a need for a strong and stable government in Nagaland which will work for the development of the state,” Modi further said, adding that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led NDA government is attaching special priority to the North-East and making efforts to ensure the region’s prosperity.
The prime minister also said that it is impossible to develop India without developing the country's northeast.
“I assure you NDPP-BJP will form a new government in Nagaland. This government along with that at the centre will drive Nagaland forward,” Modi concluded at his Nagaland poll rally.
At the Meghalaya rally, Modi said: “The current government (of Meghalaya) has wasted 50 years. I urge you to provide us an opportunity for five years.”
“Today the world is appreciating India and the reason behind it is not Modi but you, the people,” Modi added.
“Meghalaya needs a double engine – one from Meghalaya and the other from Delhi. If both the engines work collaboratively, all the work which has been halted for 50 years will begin at once,” the prime minister said.
In Nagaland, the BJP was earlier in an alliance with the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) for 15 years. However, the alliance was broken on Feb 3, and BJP has allied with the newly-formed Nationalist Democratic People’s Party (NDPP) floated by former Nagaland Chief Minister Neuphio Rio.
The NDPP is contesting 40 seats while the BJP is contesting 20 seats out of the total 60-seats in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
In Meghalaya, BJP is contesting 47 seats out of the total 60-seats in the Meghalaya legislative Assembly.