Can BJP’s ‘development on high priority’ motive for NE incite its triumph?

assembly elections 2018

Story highlights

  • BJP is keeping the development on the top of its list of priority
  • The party is keeping an eye on the assembly of the three poll-bound states
  • Centre’s motive of development in NE will help BJP to attain victory, said Jitendra Singh

As the three states of Northeast India are on the verge of Assembly Elections for 60 Assembly seats each, the political parties have set their aims and strategies to win the elections in these states. Meanwhile, BJP has come up with the idea of overall development of these states and has kept it on high priority. Will this strategy help the party to make way to the hearts of the people?

Union Minister Jitendra Singh has a belief in the strategy

Bhartiya Janta Party(BJP), is focusing on the three poll-bound states of Northeast. For this, the party has chalked out many strategies that will pave way for the party to winning in the state.

One of these strategies can be the overall development of Northeastern states and for this, the Centre has allocated funds. The government at the Centre is also keeping the development of these states at the priority.

Interestingly, the Union Minister of DoNEAR Jitendra Singh has recently stated, “the government’s focus on the all-round development of the northeastern region will help the BJP emerge victorious in the poll-bound states of Tripura and Meghalaya.”

Adding to this, Singh said, “the region’s journey has been from ‘neglect to high priority’ under the BJP-led NDA government.”

He brings more clarity to his statement by sharing the details of the projects that are initiated by the Central Government for development of the states that fall under the northeastern part of the country.

Here is the list-

  • Amendment to the Forest Act, that excludes inclusion of bamboo as a tree, which will boost the economy in states like Tripura. As per the reports presented by Jitendra Singh, the amendment of the Forest Act has been welcomed by tribals especially in Tripura as it would improve their earnings.
  • Government is all set to inaugurate an airport at Sikkim and is in process of upgrading the airport at Shillong in Meghalaya.
  • The land for another airport has been identified in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • To make the region easily approachable and more accessible, the government has already worked overtime to spread the rail network in the region, and many new rail lines have already been approved in last three years.
  • Arunachal Pradesh will have the second Film and Television Institute of India after Pune. This will give a boost to employment of youth in Northeast and open new ventures for exciting career choices.
  • Every fortnight one Union Minister shall visit one state in the region.
  • The government is also considering running helicopter- based OPD to far-flung areas of the region.
  • After the visit of PM Modi to Meghalaya, the Central Government has announced a tourism package of Rs. 70 crore for uplifting the tourism of the state as Meghalaya is rich in natural beauty and the tourism will boost the economy of the state.

Though the Central Government has announced many projects for the development of the Northeast, will this help the Bhartiya Janta Party in its triumph despite of the many challenges in the party’s path?

Talking about Meghalaya, the majority populace of the state are followers of Christianity and BJP’s Hinduism-derived ideologies are a major obstacle the party is facing; finding a connect with the people of Meghalaya.

Another obstacle is Chief Minister Mukul Sangma who has been ruling in the state for the last decade and has introduced many projects in the state focusing on development.

Talking about Tripura, the party has a major obstacle in the path of success. The majority of tribes in the state, who believe that they are not a part of the country. Though the party has made efforts, trying to portray Bharat Mata in the tribal attire to make them feel connected to India.

Another obstacle for the party is the ruling Communist Party of Tripura that has been in power in the state for the past 25 years and now the people of the state seem reluctant in taking a risk with a new government.

Keeping these points in mind, BJP is facing a tough challenge in these states as both the states are ruled by political rivals for a long-term and now BJP is digging a ‘land full of stones’. If the party wins the elections it will be the ultimate win of the party over any of the states until day.

Also Read: Meghalaya: Centre announces tourism package of Rs 70 crore


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