Modi woos for votes in Manipur

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Imphal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he has visited Manipur more than all Prime Ministers of the country combined due to his dedication towards the people of Manipur.

Modi on Tuesday addressed a public rally here to campaign for the upcoming Manipur Legislative Assembly election that falls on February 28 and March 5.

The Prime Minister said Manipur has completed 50 years of its establishment last month. He said, “In the decades of Congress rule, Manipur only got inequality and unbalanced development. But in the last five years, the Double Engine Sarkar of BJP has made sincere efforts for the development of Manipur.”

Manipur people had to face troubles under previous governments and the Double Engine Sarkar has transitioned the state into a people’s government. The BJP government has taken care of Manipur during the pandemic completely, be it providing free vaccines to every poor and tribal family equally or building a robust health system, he said.

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“The Congress government had made bandh and blockade the fate of Manipur. The Congress party could never understand the feelings of the people of the North East, the problems of the people here,” Modi said.

He reiterated the problems of ration the people of Manipur faced before 2017. Even in this crisis of Corona, the BJP government ensures free ration to 22 lakh people of Manipur, he said.

He mentioned how leaders of Congress, on several occasions, mocked the culture and attire of the people in the Northeast and Manipur.

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“Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, more than 60 thousand houses are being built in Manipur. Most of it is owned by women. Our government has connected more than 1.25 lakh houses of the state with electricity connections. It is our government that has given 1.5 lakh free LPG connections to the mothers and sisters of Manipur under the Ujjwala scheme,” the Prime Minister addressed the gathering.

Modi spoke on Manipur becoming the gateway to trade with the rest of East Asia and connecting Manipur to India through railways.

“The day is not far when the train will come till Imphal, you will be connected to the whole country through rail. This connectivity is also going to boost the tourism sector here,” he said.

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“Our government is building a museum in the name of Rani Gaidinliu in Manipur,” he added.

Manipur is the land of charismatic players like Mary Kom and Mirabai Chanu. The country’s first sports university, which has been set up in Manipur, will make this region an international hub of sports, he said.

“The farmers of Manipur will benefit from the Mission Oil Palm started by our government. BJP is promoting bamboo farmers, the bamboo industry and the MSMEs here. It is our government that changed the rules pertaining to bamboo,” he added.

Modi addressed that for the development to continue, the people of Manipur should not let the previous government of bandhs and Blockades come to power.

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