Bharatiya Janata Party National President Shri Amit Shah was on a three-day long Pravas to the poll bound northeastern states of Meghalaya and Tripura from 06 January, 2018; where the Assembly polls are due next month as the term of the current House will come to an end on 06 March this year.
Shri Shah arrived in Assam on 06 January enroute to Meghalaya and visited the ancient Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, situated on the Nilachal Hill. He addressed a public rally on the same day at Tikrikilla in Garo Hills region in Meghalaya and spent the night in Shillong. On the next day he visited Tripura and addressed two public meetings, one each at Ambassa and Udaipur. The BJP is making all arrangements to put up a big fight in Meghalaya, where a corrupt Congress government is ruling and put up a strong fight in Tripura to oust the Left Front government, that has been in office in the state since April 1993.
Noteworthy, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi also visited north-east Meghalaya just after the victory of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh in December 2017 and addressed a public rally in Shillong to kick start the poll campaign.
BJP President Shri Amit Shah blew the poll bugle in election-bound Meghalaya by calling the Congress-led government of Mukul D Sangma as the most corrupt. He also appealed to the people to overthrow it in the ensuing assembly election likely to be held in March.
“Har morche par Sangma government fail kar rahi hai. The most corrupt government in the past five years is this Sangma government. The Centre had given Rs 5,817 crore to Meghalaya during Congress rule. Later our BJP government increased it to Rs 25,413 crore. The Congress government should let the people of Meghalaya know where this money has gone.” Shri Shah asked at a public meeting held at Tikrikilla in West Garo Hills district about 290 km from Shillong on 06 January, 2018.
Shri Amit Shah also said that the fifteen years of Congress misrule in Meghalaya has put it behind all other states of the country in terms of development. “Meghalaya needs a corruption-free government which can work in cooperation with the Modi government to develop the state,” the BJP President said, giving clear indications that BJP would fight together with other parties to oust the Congress in the hill state.
He also accused the Congress of following a divide-and-rule policy and said that in contrast the BJP policy was ‘sab-ka saath sab-ka vikaas.’ “The enthusiasm among the people has assured me that the people of Meghalaya will uproot the corrupt Congress government,” the BJP President said.
Assam Minister and North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convener Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, who accompanied with BJP National President to Meghalaya, asked the Congress government of its failure on the development front and asked why there were no doctors in government hospitals. “Chief Minister Mukul Sangma himself is a doctor. But there are no doctors in health centres in the state. This is tragic“Shri Sarma said. “The BJP will set up a medical college in Meghalaya within six months if voted to power,” he announced.
Apart from the NEDA convener Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, Union Minister Shri KJ Alphons and BJP Meghalaya state In-Charge Shri Nalin Kohli also accompanied Shri Amit Shah.
Shri Shah later inaugurated a new state party office in Shillong and announced that the BJP offices would be soon opened in every district. “We will soon open a party office in every district of Meghalaya. We will definitely make the next government in Meghalaya,” he said, asking party workers to immediately launch a door-to-door campaign to oust the Congress regime.
BJP rally in Udaipur (Tripura)
‘Scamsters will end up in Agartala central jail after formation of BJP Govt. in Tripura’
The BJP National President Shri Amit Shah visited the poll-bound state of Tripura on 07 January, to review the preparedness of the party for the upcoming assembly elections in the state.
During his visit to Tripura Shri Amit Shah addressed several public meetings. Seeing the big attendance in all the meetings and the enthusiasm of the people he said, “Now I am confident that BJP will come to power in the state.” He however appealed to party activists and supporters to work hard and spread message on need to change government in Tripura to ensure a massive victory for the party.
At Udaipur rally in the southern Tripura Shri Shah was accompanied by party’s northeast In-Charge and National General Secretary Shri Ram Madhav, Election in-charge and Assam Minister Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma and senior State leaders.
Speaking to the huge gathering at Udaipur on 07 January, 2018 the BJP National President launched a scathing attack on CPI(M) and Left front government in Tripura over alleged menace of corruption and lawlessness in the State. He resolved to act tough against Left leaders allegedly involved in chit fund scams and corrupt practices after installation of BJP government in Assembly elections. Shri Shah said the scamsters will end up in Agartala central jail.
He asserted that BJP’s call for ‘Paribartan’ is not directed at replacing with a new set of ministers, but essentially to change lives of people of the state. “8 lakhs youths of 37 lakh people in the state are unemployed, this is shame, disgusting”, he charged CPI(M)-led left front government.
Understanding the plight of the state government employees, he assured them of central pay package after formation of BJP government in Tripura. “This pay scale at per central government, would be implemented in the first cabinet meeting of our government”, he assured.
BJP National President later spoke on ‘Challenges in nation building’ at a discussion in Agartala and also flagged off campaign vehicles of BJP at State office.
BJP rally in Kulai (Tripura)
‘Change of regime in Left-ruled Tripura Inevitable’
Addressing a public rally in Kulai in the poll-bound state of Tripura, BJP National President Shri Amit Shah said he had seen lack of development and instances of corruption in the states ruled by the Congress or Communists and claimed that the BJP-ruled states were ahead of those states in terms of development and being corruption-free.
Speaking to the people at the rally on January 07, 2018 he said a regime change in Left-ruled Tripura had become inevitable as the incumbent government had failed on many fronts, including combating the crimes against women and unemployment.
“The BJP does not want a change for the sake of it, it wants a change to bring about a qualitative change in governance so that the condition of the lives of people improves,” he said.
He said, “I can realize that the change has become inevitable in this state. The rate of crimes against women is very high; the rule of law does not exist. Crime has become synonymous with the CPI(M) rule,” he said.
Shri Shah said that in a small state like Tripura, which has a population of a little over 36 lakh, seven lakh youths were unemployed. Those in the CPI(M) say, (Tripura) Chief Minister is a good man. We know that the unemployment problem is acute here, but they say Manik babu is a good man. What I want to know is, if he is good, why is the condition of the people of the state not so good,” he asked.
He said that in the last 25 years of Communist rule in the state, no proper roads were constructed and no facility for good healthcare, electricity and drinking water were made available in the villages.
The BJP President added that unless the Left Front government was changed in the north-eastern state, it would be reduced to a backward state in terms of protection of women, unemployment and economic development of the poor and the working class.