Imphal: BJP president JP Nadda Saturday kicked off the party’s election campaign for Manipur, saying this is the time for innovation, expansion of infrastructure, connectivity in the country and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made our country a global player.
Addressing a mammoth gathering at SAI ground, Utlou, Bishnpur district, Nadda said, ‘We should remember that prior to BJP’s coming to power traders were suffering, there was poor connectivity. After BJP came to power, work for roads, bridges and railways started in full swing. He said over 11 crore toilets were constructed including 2.70 lakh in Manipur. Women have been empowered and they need not wait for darkness to respond to nature’s call, he added.
The government has provided Rs 42 crore in Jan Dhan accounts, including 10 lakh accounts in Manipur by depositing Rs 500 directly. Women had to wake up early to go out and search for firewood to cook food and now 8 crore new LPG connections, including 1.56 lakh from Manipur were given. In the state 3 lakh LED bulbs were provided to save electricity, he said.
In the entire country 2.8 cr new election connections, including one lakh from Manipur were provided. Under Ayushman Bharat, the poor who could not get proper medical facilities in the state, CMHT was implemented to reach out to the people who were not covered by the scheme, he said. Nadda said he came to provide the report card of the government, to unite people not to make people fight among themselves.
He said Manipur is a religious place where there are temples of Radha, Krishna, Shiva, Govindajee and also a land of fighterss with large numbers of people taking part in freedom struggle. Manipur was the Gateway to Independence as the Indian flag was unfurled for the first time in Manipur. The land of jewels Manipur has become the Gateway of Atma Nirbhar Bharat he added.
Nadda said he had come for election campaigning earlier but during those days blockade, strike, instability, abduction, insurgency were the order of the day. India was procuring vaccines for Polio, leprosy when the diseases were eradicated in the entire world but now India is in a different position as within nine months of the outbreak of the Covid pandemic vaccines were given to the world, he said.
Vaccination of over 100 crore people will be completed within the next few days he assured. He lauded the contribution by sportspersons for bringing laurels and he said Manipur has become the destination of sports.
North east was ignored earlier now it is in the mainstream and Railway connectivity will be provided by 2023 and works were on 16 highways in the region.
Chief Minister, N Biren Singh said the Union government took the decision to extend Inner Line Permit (ILP) to safeguard people and tap water was available to only 4.5 per cent family and now it has reached 52 per cent he said. He said he is serving the people not his family and the government has constructed two bridges on the national highways and ten women markets.
JP Nadda who arrived here Saturday was accorded a warm welcome in the airport and party workers standing on both sides of the road waved at him as he proceeded towards the SAI ground to address the gathering.
After West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry elected new governments in 2021, seven other Indian states are gearing up for the Assembly elections that will be held in 2022.
While the current governments’ term in UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa is ending early next year, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will see elections later in that year. With agency inputs