BJP National President Shri Amit Shah chaired the third conclave of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) in Guwahati on 20 May, 2018. Addressing the conclave of NEDA at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in Panjabari, the BJP President said that the BJP led NDA government at the Centre always acknowledged the contribution of the North East towards the development of the country.
Shri Amit Shah further said, “NEDA is the geo-culture alliance and it must represent all 217 tribes of North East India.” The BJP President said the “briefcase politics” of Congress rule has come to an end in Northeast with majority of the states in the region now being ruled by the constituents of BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA). He referred “briefcase politics” to corruption charges under Congress rules in the region. He said the “briefcase politics” of Congress tenures has now been replaced by development politics after seven out of eight states in Northeast including Sikkim came under NEDA’s rule.
“Congress during its long tenures in Northeast brought bad name to the region because of corruption charges. I know of Congress chief ministers from the region who have properties in Delhi, Bengaluru and other places outside the region. Where the money has come which enabled them to possess large properties?” Shri Shah said.
The BJP-led NEDA, a platform of 13 regional parties, was floated in 2016 to make Northeast Congress- mukt. BJP heads governments in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, while Nagaland, Meghalaya and Sikkim are ruled by NEDA constituent parties.
With only Mizoram remaining under Congress rule in the region, Shri Amit Shah hoped NEDA will be able to form the next government in that state which goes to assembly polls later this year.
“I am very hopeful in next NEDA conclave we will be able to see eight chief ministers of NEDA out of eight states of Northeast,” he said.
The BJP President said that the aim of NEDA is not only to make Northeast Congress mukt, but to take along all communities of the region on the path of progress and development.
“NEDA is a reflection of Northeast’s diversity and rich cultural heritage too, besides being a political platform. The diversity of the region is the strength of NEDA. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power, Northeast has made big strides in development and ushering in peace. This has instilled confidence among the people of Northeast. That is why in a short period, NEDA has been able to have its governments in majority of the states,” Shri Shah explained.
The NEDA meeting has been called to prepare the roadmap for achieving the target of winning 25 out of 25 seats in the Lok Sabha polls next year.
Speaking on the occasion, NEDA Convener Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “I am glad that for first time in the history of the North-East, six Chief Ministers of the States are sharing the stage together at NEDA meet and it shows their commitment to push the region on path of development.”
Addressing the gathering, Assam Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given emphasis to the development of North East. He said Prime Minister termed North East as the growth engine of the country. Six Chief Ministers of North East took part in the conclave. Meghalaya Chief Minister Shri Conrad Sangma said that NEDA would help in fulfilling the hope and aspiration of the youths on North East region.
Union Ministers Shri Kiren Rijiju and Shri Rajen Gohain have also attended addressed the conclave.
Chief Ministers of all NEDA-ruled States attended this third conclave of NEDA since its formation two years ago. Except Mizoram, NEDA allies are in power in the rest of NE States.
Earlier, when Shri Amit Shah arrived in Guwahati Assam CM Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, NEDA convener Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma and Assam BJP State President Shri Ranjit Das received him at the airport.
The development of North-East region is the top most priority of Modi government. One central minister visits this region every fortnight to assess developmental work and to see what more could be done for this region.