“In the northeast, we first won elections in Assam, then Manipur followed by Tripura, where the people have given us a thumping mandate,” he said here, addressing the third conclave of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led political platform, North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).
“In Nagaland and Meghalaya, constituents of NEDA are in power with support from the BJP,” he said, adding that Mizoram will also become ‘Congress mukt’ after the polls.
“After Mizoram, which is going to polls end of this year, all the eight Chief Ministers of northeast will be sitting here together.”
He said NEDA, which was formed in 2016 after the BJP’s landslide victory in Assam, is not merely a political platform but a geo-political one which aims to develop the northeast.
“Earlier, the northeastern states were known for corruption. Now due to the presence of NEDA governments, the states have gone beyond ‘briefcase politics’ and are achieving new milestones in terms of development,” he said.
Representatives of seven northeastern states including Chief Ministers, Deputy Chief Ministers, MLAs, MPs and other members of the NEDA constituents participated in the conclave.
Shah’s visit came amid protests by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
The KMSS leaders and supporters, who had appealed to the people to hoist black flags on houses and buildings, public places and vehicles, also protested near the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra where the conclave took place. Police detained KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi but released him later.
Shah said that NEDA will soon have a regional office in Guwahati and that efforts are also on to set up its youth and women’s wing. “The youths of the northeastern states are looking at NEDA with hope,” he said