The people have once again showered immense blessings on the BJP in the recently concluded elections in the north-eastern states. The results of the Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya elections reaffirm the fact that Indian politics has taken a significant shift and that the days of the politics of performance, good governance, and development is getting massive support across the country. This fact is more glaring in the case of the north-eastern region, which suffered from the politics of division, disconnect, alienation, and violence for many decades. The worsening situation in the north-east, which haunted the people throughout the country and raised concerns about its future, has seen a turnaround under the dynamic and determined leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, with peace, development, and progress becoming its hallmarks in the last nine years. The elections and re-election of BJP/NDA governments in almost every state of the northeast show the faith the BJP has generated among the people in the region through its unflinching commitment to the welfare and well-being of the people in this part of the country. The phenomenal change in the region is the result of hard work, relentless efforts, exemplary vision, and a commitment to serve the people through full dedication to their cause even under extreme circumstances.
The significance of the election results in Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya lies in the fact that now people have complete trust in the visionary and committed leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
The significance of the election results in Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya lies in the fact that now people have complete trust in the visionary and committed leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the policies and programmes of the BJP in the region. As the days of peace, amity, development, and progress have arrived, gone are the days when violence, blockades, extremism, and bloodshed used to be the order of the day in the north-eastern region. The Prime Minister’s commitment to transforming lives in the region can be seen in his more than 50 visits and union ministers visiting the region frequently, almost every fortnight, expediting and expanding the welfare works of the government. While the Bodo agreement, the Bru-Reang agreement, peace talks in Nagaland, the surrender of arms by radicals and their rehabilitation, and many other steps have led to the lifting of AFPSA from many regions, the emphasis on connectivity with promises like ‘HIRA’ is truly transforming the north-eastern region into ‘Ashtalakshami’. The difference between the approaches of the Congress-led UPA government and the Modi government may be gauged from the single fact that while the budget allocations for the region in 2013–14 were only Rs. 2030 crore, the Modi government, on the other hand, has allocated Rs. 5892 crore in 2023–24 for the development of the northeast states. A special initiative by PM Shri Narendra Modi has been carried out, named the Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for the North East Region (PM-DevINE), and in the budget 2023–24, there is an allocation of 2,200 crore specifically for this initiative for the holistic development of the northeast region. This shows the vision of PM Narendra Modi to transform the north-eastern states that were never focused on by successive governments. Apart from expediting and completing many stalled projects, the Modi government has launched many new schemes that are transforming the entire region.
While the people of the north-eastern region had a feeling of alienation due to the stepmotherly treatment they suffered during successive Congress regimes, the Modi government has not only applied balm to their hurt feelings but paved the path to a new future. Now not only do they feel emotionally integrated with the Modi government taking care of every aspect of their aspirations, but they also hope to march on the path of rapid development along with the rest of the nation in ‘Amrit Kaal’. The verdict of the people in Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya is unanimously in favour of a ‘New India’ guaranteeing peace, progress, and prosperity, with a sense of pride in the idea of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’.