Congress has always neglected the Northeast: Jagat Prakash Nadda

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National President of Bharatiya Janata Party, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda said in a public meeting in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday that Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has visited the North-Eastern states about 70 times and has worked to connect the North-East with the mainstream. Arunachal Pradesh has been seen as Ashtalakshmi whose main pillars are peace, electricity, solar, tourism, connectivity, culture, sports and agriculture, whereas the development of the North-Eastern states remained hampered during the Congress rule.During the event, CM Shri Pema Khandu, Union Minister Shri Kiren Rijiju, Arunachal Pradesh BJP President Shri Biyuram Wahge, State election In-charge Shri Ashok Singhal and other leaders were present.

Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda emphasized that Arunachal Pradesh holds significance as a place where both the Sun and Moon are worshipped. Shri Nadda expressed confidence in Arunachal Pradesh CM Shri Pema Khandu’s re-election as the state’s leader and endorsed Shri Kiren Rijiju for the Lok Sabha. The BJP is committed to advancing the principles of Viksit Bharat and Viksit Arunachal. Shri Nadda stated that Arunachal Pradesh has become developed under the BJP government. Shri JP Nadda stated the connectivity of Arunachal Pradesh to Delhi has been enhanced, as it is now only 2 hours from Delhi to visit Arunachal Pradesh. Shri Nadda stated that PM Shri Narendra Modi once remarked ‘Na Delhi Doorr hai, na Aap Humare Dil se door hai’. Shri Nadda criticized the Congress for its ‘Step-motherly’ treatment of the northeastern states, accusing it of hindering their development. BJP National President highlighted PM Shri Narendra Modi’s extensive engagement with the region, having visited the northeastern states 70 times, surpassing the combined visits of all previous Prime Ministers. Additionally, he noted that Union Ministers have visited the northeastern states more than 680 times, underscoring the government’s commitment to the region’s progress. 

Shri Nadda stated that the North-east was known for the insurgency, blockade, stoppage of development and where they were treated as non-Indians. But under the visionary leadership of Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi who initiated the ‘Act East, Look East, Act First’ policy, the development of North-eastern states has been prioritized and has been introduced in the mainstream. Shri Nadda highlighted that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has emphasized ‘Ashtalaxmi’, symbolizing development across eight pillars, which are the focus of the BJP manifesto. The first pillar prioritizes peace, followed by power generation, with a special emphasis on hydro and solar power. The third pillar focuses on tourism, recognizing Arunachal Pradesh’s immense potential in this sector. The fourth pillar emphasizes 5G connectivity, while the sixth pillar prioritizes natural farming. Sports constitute the seventh pillar, with the eighth aimed at enhancing the state’s overall potential.  

Shri JP Nadda stated that in place of insurgency, there were 11 agreements under the leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi resulting in the surrender of 9500 insurgents. Today, there is a deduction of 71% in insurgency, 60% reduction in incidents of attack on security forces and 82% decline in attacks on civilians.  Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda stated that under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the BJP government is progressing further for the development of the Northeast through the HIRA (Highway, Internet, Railway, Airways) initiative. Shri Nadda stated that in the past 9 years, 6000 kilometers of national highways have been constructed, costing ₹3 lakh crore. Internet connectivity has been extended to 6000 gram panchayats through optical fiber. A budget of ₹50,000 crore has been allocated for railway expansion, increasing it fivefold. Shri Nadda noted that 8 new airports have been built, and ₹10,000 crore has been spent on development in the Northeast under the Unnati Yojana. Furthermore, ₹14,000 crore has been allocated for the education sector. Shri Nadda remarked that in the past, India had a stumbling economy under previous governments, but under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, despite serious challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine war, India has emerged with a robust economy. While India was ranked 11th globally in terms of GDP during previous governments, under BJP rule, India has surpassed Britain to become the world’s 5th largest economy. Shri Naada expressed hope that with the public’s blessings, the BJP government will once again come to power in Arunachal Pradesh. Under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, India will become the world’s third-largest economy within three years.

Shri Nadda stated that during BJP rule, India’s foreign currency reserves have increased, electronic production has tripled, and what used to be written on mobile phones as ‘Made in China’ nine years ago now reads ‘Made in India’. India has surpassed Japan in the automobile sector and has become the world’s third-largest automobile industry. In the steel sector, India has reached the second position globally, and in the pharmaceutical sector, India is now the world’s dispensary. Shri Nadda conveyed that the priority of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is the poor, farmers, women, and youth. Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 80 crore people across the country are being provided with ration, including 8 lakh people from Arunachal. As a result, 25 crore people in the country have been uplifted from the poverty line. Shri Nadda emphasized that extreme poverty in India has also decreased by more than 1%. More than 11 crore farmers have been given ₹6,000 per month through the PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi. Shri Nadda mentioned the promises made in the BJP’s manifesto for Arunachal Pradesh, stating that Chief Minister Shri Pema Khandu will now provide ₹9,000 under the Kisan Samman Nidhi. Under the Jal Jeevan Mission, water has been delivered to 100% of homes in Arunachal Pradesh through taps.

BJP National President stated that under the BJP government, the assistance grant to Arunachal Pradesh has increased by 38%. An expenditure of ₹800 crore will be incurred on the construction of the Donyi Polo Airport to transform it into a global-level airport. While previous governments referred to border villages as the ‘last village of the country,’ the BJP government recognizes them as the ‘first village of the country.’ Shri Nadda stated that under the Vibrant Village Program, ₹4800 crore will be spent for the development of 455 border villages in the state. Development of 1500 kilometers of highways will be undertaken with an expenditure of ₹44,000 crore, which will boost tourism and industrial development in the state. Today, Itanagar has received a 5G connection, and 2400 villages have received a 4G connection. There are now medical colleges and universities in Arunachal Pradesh. New dimensions of development are being established in Arunachal Pradesh under the BJP government.

Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda stated that the INDI alliance is a coalition of dynasty-oriented parties and a conglomeration of allegedly corrupt parties. Shri Nadda stated that Shri Narendra Modi announced from the Red Fort that corruption would not be spared, and recently Shri Narendra Modi further announced that after June 4, the fight against corruption would be intensified. Shri J.P. Nadda pointed out that PM Shri Narendra Modi is making efforts for “Bhrashtachar Hatao” while the INDI alliance is working towards “Bhrastachariyon ko Bachao“. Shri Nadda highlighted that Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi, Congress Leader Sonia Gandhi, Congress Leader P. Chidambaram, Congress Leader Kartik Chidambaram, RJD Leader Lalu Yadav, and AAP Leader Sanjay Singh are out on bail. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, AAP Leaders Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Kumar Jain including  BRS Leader K. Kavitha are in jail. Shri Nadda stated that half of the INDI alliance leaders are currently out on bail, while the other half are behind bars

Shri JP Nadda highlighted allegations against various politicians including Farooq Abdullah regarding corruption in the Jammu Kashmir cricket association, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi in the National Herald case, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav in cases linked to the Gomti Riverfront project and the laptop distribution scandal, RJD leader Lalu Yadav in cases related to land exchange for jobs and the fodder scam, BRS leader K. Kavitha in a liquor scam, and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal in association with a liquor scam. Shri Nadda highlighted that the politicians, who are allegedly involved in corruption, have united within the INDI alliance. Shri Nadda underscored a High Court statement affirming that these allegations are free from political bias, as the law applies impartially to all individuals. Hence, these individuals will remain in jail according to legal procedures. Shri Nadda highlighted that the political parties associated with the INDI alliance are Parivarwadi parties including Congress Party, RJD, J&K National Conference Party, Mehbooba Mufti’s J&K’s People’s Democratic Party, Samajwadi Party and TMC

Shri JP Nadda highlighted that the Bharatiya Janata Party is the only democratic party and the welfare of Arunachal Pradesh lies with the win of BJP. Shri Nadda urged the public to participate in the upcoming elections by voting for the lotus symbol, ensuring the progress of both the country and Arunachal Pradesh under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.