BJP Will Have Full Majority in Assam Polls: Amit Shah in Guwahati
“The Bodoland election...was only a semi-final. Now the final is ahead,” Shah said referring to the state elections.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived in Guwahati, which will go to polls in a few months from now, on late Friday, 25 December, night amid much fanfare to begin his two-day visit to the Northeast.
Home Minister Shah, who landed at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati around midnight, was received by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
‘BJP Will Have Full Majority in Assam Polls’
In his speech, Shah said that all terrorist organisations in Assam have surrendered and returned to the mainstream.
“There was a time when separatists ruled the roost. The youth were given arms. Now all the groups have joined the mainstream and Assam has become part of the growth engine. The biggest success was the Bodoland accords. I am proud that in the recent Bodoland election, 80 percent polling took place without a single case of bloodshed,”Amit Shah at a public rally in Amingaon, Kamrup district.
He further added that by signing the Bodoland Territorial Region agreement, the Modi government has initiated the process of establishing peace in Assam. Bodo youths who had taken up arms have now joined the mainstream, he added.
"The Bodoland election...was only a semi-final. Now the final is ahead. In the Assam polls, we will have full majority. The Sonowal-Himanta combination has worked wonders for Assam," he said referring to the state legislative polls scheduled for April 2021.
Taking about the ongoing farmer protests, he said that farmers should resolve their issues through discussions.
‘India’s Development Incomplete Without NE’
While addressing a public meeting at Amingaon Parade Ground in Guwahati, Shah said that the entire eastern India comprising Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal and the northeastern states have turned into a growth engine for India. “If the northeast region is not developed, India’s development would remain incomplete.”
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited all the states of the region 30 times so far and taken the developmental mission to new heights – be it rail, road or air connectivity or setting up various other infrastructure,” he added.
Laying the foundation stones for nine law colleges across Assam, the Home Minister said that several medical colleges have already been set up in Assam and more would be established in the coming years.
"Progress of Assam was disturbed by agitations. There was a period of movements. Many agitations were launched over different issues in which hundreds of youths were killed. The peace of Assam was disturbed and development was halted," he said.
Cultural & Religious Outreach
Referring to the contribution and significance of Assamese seer Srimanta Sankardev, Shah said that Assamese culture is Indian culture, the BJP government would take the philosophy of Srimanta Sankardev not only across the country but also abroad.
Srimanta Sankardev was a 15th-16th century Assamese saint, scholar, poet, playwright, social-religious reformer and a figure of importance in the cultural and religious history of the state.
Launching a developmental project costing Rs 188 crore for Batadrava, the birthplace of Sankardeva, the BJP leader said: "Despite ruling many years in Assam and at the Centre, the Congress didn’t do anything for the birthplace of Sankardeva whose contributions gave recognition to Assam’s history, drama writing, art and poetry.
The BJP believes in strengthening the language, culture, arts of the state. The Batadrava Than would be developed into a vibrant cultural and tourism destination on the lines of the Golden Temple in Amritsar.”
Appreciating the performances of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Shah said that the Modi government has established long-lasting peace in the Bodoland Territorial Region by signing a historic peace accord with the Bodo militants.
(With inputs from NDTV and ANI.)
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