‘NE remained neglected until PM Modi came to power’

Nadda inaugurates Arunachal BJP office building

ITANAGAR, Jun 10: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda today said the North East was neglected until PM Narendra Modi came to power in 2014.

Inaugurating the BJP’s permanent office building in Arunachal Pradesh through a virtual event, Nadda said, “Northeast was earlier known for extremism, blockades, drugs, arms trafficking, corruption and communal tension. But today, that has changed to connectivity, infrastructure, development, sports and organic farming, and the Centre’s Act East Policy.”

Under PM’s Act East Policy, a lot of developmental work has been done in the Northeast. PM Modi himself has visited the NE at least 30 times in the last few years, Nadda said.

He lauded the Union Government under Prime Minister Narandra Modi for ‘successfully’ fighting COVID-19 pandemic and thanked people of India for extending their cooperation. The health facilities in the country have been drastically improved to contain and fight this dreaded pandemic, he added.

He alleged that the Opposition tried its best to derail India’s vaccination program but failed. “At the onset, only 2 companies in India were producing 2 vaccines which has increased to 13 today. By December 2021, 19 companies will have produced 200 crore vaccine doses for Indians,” he claimed.

Talking about the growth of the Saffron party in Arunachal Pradesh, he said that BJP has grown rapidly in Arunachal in a short span of time. “We remember that in 1985, the party used to have one MLA. Today, we have formed a government here in Arunachal Pradesh with 48 MLAs. It gives us immense pleasure knowing that the BJP has won in the Panchayat and Municipality elections.”

The BJP president said that Karyalaya, Kosh, Karyakarta, Karyakarani and Karyakram are indispensable and with the opening of the permanent office today, he hoped that the karyakartas would work with more zeal and serve the party and the frontier state with utmost sincerity.

He also congratulated Chief Minister Pema Khandu, State president Biyuram Wahge and party karyakartas on getting its new office building. The six-storeyed office building at Vivek Vihar here is equipped with library, reading room, conference hall & other facilities to provide the best working environment.

In his speech, CM Khandu said that under the Modi Government entire North-Eastern States have achieved never before development and his unflinching love and care towards the region.

Khandu also thanked party karyakartas for reaching out to the masses with the programmes and policies of the Union and State Government to the remote villages and for demonstrating extraordinary courage while rendering exceptional services during COVID-19 pandemic.

Besides the State president Wahge, the inaugural programme was attended by party’s national general secretary & MP Dilip Saikia, general secretary (Org) Northeast Ajay Jamwal, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, Arunachal East MP Tapir Gao, Rajya Sabha MP Nabam Rebia and Itanagar Mayor Tame Phassang, among others.