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PM Modi hails AFSPA removal from parts of North-East, says efforts on to remove it completely

PM Modi also said the effect of the BJP’s “double engine” government is evident in the return of permanent peace and speedy development in Assam.

PM Modi also said the effect of the BJP's "double engine" government is evident in the return of permanent peace and speedy development in Assam.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hoped for peace in conflict-ridden areas in the North-East and said that efforts are on to remove AFSPA completely from the region.

Addressing a ‘Peace, Unity and Development’ rally in Assam’s Diphu, he said the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act could be withdrawn from various parts of the region as the law and order situation has improved in the last eight years. “As peace is coming, we are changing rules. Now AFSPA too is removed from certain places because there is peace. In other places, too, we are trying if things are alright, then AFSPA will be removed from there too.”

In a major outreach to the northeast region, the Centre had announced reduction of the disturbed areas imposed under the AFSPA in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur from April 1, after decades.

PM Modi also said the effect of the BJP’s “double engine” government is evident in the return of permanent peace and speedy development in Assam. The term “double engine” is used by BJP leaders to refer to the party being in power at the Centre as well as in a state.

The government has entered into peace agreements in Assam’s Karbi Anglong and Tripura, while efforts are on to ensure permanent peace and speedy development in the entire region, he said. The prime minister laid the foundation stone for colleges of veterinary science and agriculture and a model government college in Karbi Anglong.

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