Imphal: Urging the people of Manipur to ensure peace and development through a “double engine government” (same ruling party at both the centre and the state) by re-electing the BJP in the coming State Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused the Congress of not understanding the sentiments and problems of the people of the Northeast.
“The double engine government of BJP tried its best to serve the people with honesty during the last five years. People of Manipur have seen the good governance, the good intention of the BJP government,” the Prime Minister said, addressing an election meeting at a packed Luwangpokpa ground in Imphal East district. The Prime Minister had rooted for a double engine government during his previous trip to Manipur too – in January.
“The hard work done by the BJP during the last five years has laid the foundation for the next 25 years of Manipur. “The coming polls will be the ultimate decider for the next 25 years of Manipur. We have to make permanent the process of stability and peace started over the past five years… The mood of the people indicates that there will be a double engine government in Manipur again”, he said.
Attacking the Congress, the main opposition in the state, Modi said during successive governments led by the party over the decades, the state got “uneven and imbalanced development”.
“The Congress never understood the sentiments and problems of the people of the Northeast. it always provided apathetic and indifferent governments,” Modi said. Continuing his assault on the Congress, the Prime Minister said during its rule bandhs and blockades had become a part of life in Manipur that not only hit employment and business but “people didn’t even get emergency supplies”.
In contrast, the incumbent BJP-led regime under Chief Minister N Biren Singh has ‘achieved what had earlier seemed impossible. “The BJP Government has made possible what seemed impossible in Manipur earlier. All regions in Manipur, be they towns or villages, have got relief from bandhs and blockades,” he said.