Imphal: PM Narendra Modi said Tuesday that the BJP will form the government in Manipur, which is headed for a two-phase assembly election on 28 February and 5 March.
On his second visit to Imphal, Modi said, “In the last 5 years, BJP’s double-engine government worked towards the overall development of Manipur. You have seen BJP’s good governance and good intentions. Our work in the last 5 years has laid the foundation for the next 25 years.”
The BJP has been an alliance partner with the National People’s Party (NPP) in the Manipur government, but both have directed numerous salvos at each other in the run-up to the polls, and claimed they will form the government individually.
Modi’s rally in Imphal, attended by thousands, was a sea of saffron flags. Modi also took potshots at the Congress, saying the party could never understand the people of the northeast.
“Congress leaders come to Manipur & make big claims but make fun of the dresses & culture of northeast India in other states. Congress divided Manipur between hills and valleys, and played politics over it. They never worked on developing and improving connectivity in the region,” he said.
According to the PM, the NDA government believes that the region is a growth engine for India.