Modi targets PM at rally in Manipur, says he has done “nothing” for North-East’s development
IMPHAL : At a rally in Manipur today, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and accused him of doing little for the development of the North East region. “The PM represents this region in the Rajya Sabha, yet he has done nothing for its development,” he said while addressing the gathering in Imphal. Dr Singh is a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam.
Continuing his attack, Mr Modi also alleged that policies of the Central government “have not allowed the North East to prosper.” “India has given 60 years to the Congress, these 60 years have been ruined,” he said added that if BJP comes to power at the Centre, it will “bring this region on par with other regions of India.”
Calling the death of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania in Delhi a “national shame”, he added, “I hope the government of India and the government of Delhi will shun blame game and do justice in the matter.”
He also said his party will provide better job opportunities for the youth of the region. “I don’t understand why the North-East can’t be an IT hub? They speak fluent English but people of Manipur have been forced to look for employment outside. Why do they have to go to Bangalore and Hyderabad?” he said and alleged that the UPA government has neither the right leaders, nor the will to develop the North-east. “Na neta hain, na neethi hain, na neeyath hain (There are no good leaders (in the UPA), no policies and no intension (to do good work),” he said.