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Narendra Modi addresses Manipur rally wearing traditional headgear; condemns Nido Taniam murder

Saturday, 8 February 2014 - 11:56am IST | Place: Imphal | Agency: DNA Webdesk
BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi arrived at Imphal on Saturday to address a rally ahead of 2014 General Elections

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's arrival in the Northeastern state of Manipur was met with a boycott by militant outfits in the state. United Revolutionary Front also called for a 11-hourr general strike had also been called for in response to his visit.

It has been reported that four securitymen injured as insurgents ambush paramilitary patrol minutes before arrival of Modi's in Manipur. Earlier this week, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had lashed out at Modi, saying the BJP's prime ministerial candidate sidelined other leaders of his party with his "dictatorial attitude".

Addressing the crowd on the subject of recent racial crimes, Modi expressed condolence over the murder of Nido Taniam. "I hope the Central Govt and the Delhi Govt will come out of this blame-game and do justice," he said.

"North-eastern states have been ignored by centre for a long time," he said criticising the centre's policies which he accused for not being aligned towards developing the Northeast. "There is no political vision and will in the Central Govt. Region is suffering due to lack of infrastructure"

"It was Atal Bihari Vajpayee who made a separate ministry for the Northeast. He also provided them with special economic packages," Modi pointed out.

Modi spoke to the audience wearing the traditional headgear.

Atal ji made a separate ministry for the northeast. He also gave special economic packages-Modi pic.twitter.com/NROKeTdfhf

— ANI (@ANI_news) February 8, 2014

Also, apeasing to the crowd, he said, "According to vastu shastra, if the northeast of your house is good then you will prosper. The same can be said about India. Indian culture is not complete without Manipur which gives lots of diversity and colours to India."

Highlight the issues of the state, he said, "The northeast region has fallen prey to divisive forces and drug trafficking, and the Congress government has been unsuccessful in tackling it. Insurgency, infiltration biggest problems of north-east region. The Congress government has broken all records of corruption in the North-East."

He further adds, "Congress feels that fake encounters is a solution to insurgency. They don't know such steps will further spoil the atmosphere."

"NREGA has failed in Manipur, employing only 100 people," claims Modi. "Neither is the Panchayati system working. Five years is enough to change the world but what has the PM done for 23 years while representing North East?"

"All northeast governments should send 200 lady police officers each for two years to Gujarat," offered Narendra Modi. "This will helps withintegration and women get employment."

He also suggested making the Northeast an IT hub. "People know English and technology, I see no reason why Manipur cannot become an IT hub," he says.

Taking about the herbal exports Modi said, "China is making huge progress in herbal medicinal front. Why are they ahead of us in export of herbal medicine, when we have so much biodiversity and a rich culture of Ayurveda? "

"A movement to encourage herbal exports should be undertaken as a step toward value addition for the youth," he suggested.

Praising the developement in his own state, Modi adds, "In Gujarat a lake which was once a garbage dump has now become a famous tourist attraction."


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