After securing a comfortable majority in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, Narendra Modi led BJP is eying a similar show of strength in poll-bound North Eastern states of – Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram. Reportedly, the party has already chalked out a plan to emerge victorious in these states. As per a report by The Indian Express, the BJP is banking on infrastructure projects launched by the Narendra Modi government for brightening its election prospects in the Northeastern region. The party has also joined hands with Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) in Tripura, where the BJP is battling the CPI(M). Reportedly, the tribal body has decided to work with the BJP to uproot the Communist government. However, the party has made it clear that it does not support the IPFT’s demand for a separate state for the tribal population, as per the report.
The BJP is also holding discussions with other tribal parties as part of efforts to stitch together a strong social alliance to unseat the Left government, which has had an uninterrupted reign of 25 years. As per the report, the BJP government’s initiatives and the infrastructure projects in the northeastern region would be the highlight of the state elections. Notably, after the Modi government took over in 2014, a series of infrastructure projects including airports, railway connectivity and new roads have been initiated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi have also outlined the NDA government’s focus areas and vision for the development of North-East states. “The government has been focusing on the development of the North East region through its pro-active Act East Policy. As part of this policy, we are focusing on reducing the isolation of the region by improving all-round connectivity through road, rail, telecom, power and waterways sectors,” Modi said addressing the Plenary Session of the North-Eastern Council.
On his arrival at the 2nd Conclave of the North-East Democratic Alliance, BJP chief Amit Shah also sounded confident of BJP’s victory in the North Eastern states and lauded the developmental works undertaken by the incumbent government. He said, “The development done by the Modi government in the last three years for the long-neglected north-eastern region is several times more than the work done by Congress-led governments in the last 65 years.”