PM Modi in Imphal
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Imphal rally on Friday, January 4, 2019. Image: Northeast Now.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reiterated the BJP-led Government’s commitment to further spur the development of the Northeast making it the gateway of development of the ‘new India’.

Addressing a massive public rally at Hapta Kangjeibung ground in Imphal, Modi said, “The Northeast which was termed the gateway to country’s Independence by Netaji (Subhas Chandra Bose), the BJP government is striving to make it the new gateway of development of the country.”

The Prime Minister inaugurated eight projects including Integrated Check Post at Moreh and Dolaithabi Barrage Project at Maraori area besides laying foundation for five projects including two flood lighting systems at Khuman Lampak sports complex during a public meeting in Imphal on Friday.

The other newly inaugurated projects are FCI Food storage godown at Sawombung in Imphal East district, Buffer water reservoir at Shirui village in Ukhrul district, Improvement and upgradation of water supply for Churachandpur zone II in Churachandpur district, Eco-tourism complex at Thangal Surung in Kangpokpi district, Integrated Tourist destination at Tupul in Noney district and Water supply scheme at JNV Lambui in Ukhrul district.

Modi who was here for about one and half hour, also laid the foundation  for infrastructure development of Dhanamanjuri University in Imphal and Astro turf football field at Langjing Achouba in Imphal West district besides dedicating 400 KV double circuit Silchar-Imphal line before departing to Silchar in Assam  to address another public meeting.

He addressed the public for 30 minutes  after the inauguration of the projects and laying of foundations at Hapta Kangjeibung ground.

On Thursday, opposition Congress party in Manipur has sought clarification from the visiting Prime Minister in connection with the assurances and promises he and his party made during their previous visits and election rallies in the state.

Leader of Congress Legislature Party, Okram Ibobi Singh had addressed a press conference in this regard at Congress Bhavan in Imphal  to flag out some of the promises including the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission awards for  state employees.

The CPI Manipur state council also echoed a similar sentiment during a similar press conference held at Irabot Bhavan on Thursday.

All markets places  in Imphal remained closed during the PM’s visit in view of the boycott call given by proscribed armed groups of Manipur today.

All  roads in Imphal wore desolate look as the transporters  suspended their services since early morning today.

Sobhapati Samom is Northeast Now Correspondent in Imphal. He can be reached at:

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