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Manipur Polls 2017: Will Develop the State in 15 Months, Says Modi

Prime minister Narendra Modi is set to address a election rally in Manipur's Imphal West district on Saturday.

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Updated:February 25, 2017, 3:25 PM IST
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Imphal: Prime minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the BJP will develop Manipur in 15 months if voted to power in the state.

"After coming to power in 2014, we came out with 'Act East Policy'. Until our eastern part prospers, the country would not develop," Modi said at a election rally in Imphal West district.

Modi also attacked the Congress, saying, "It has been 15 years, Manipur has been ruined. Who is responsible? Congress did no development, do they deserve to be here now?"

"BJP will develop the state in 15 months if voted to power," he said.

Campaigning in the state is gaining momentum as it is set to go for a two-phase assembly polls on March 4 and March 8 respectively. Security was beefed up ahead of the rally after a hand grenade and bomb was found in the same district.

"Since last 40 years no PM OF the country came to north-east for NEC meeting. After Morarji Desai I am the only one who visited," Modi said.

Pitching for the BJP, he said, "Congress doesn't want development in Manipur. We are ready to give subsidised electricity to the state. The will give impetus to development."

The venue of the rally was shifted from Kangla Fort to Langjing Achouba after Irom Sharmila's People Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) raised objections.

Promising to find a solution to economic blockades that plague the state, Modi said, "There will never be an economic blockade when BJP comes to power in Manipur, I assure you this."

"Those who have looted the country, I assure you that they won't go unpunished. Rights of common citizens would be protected," he said.

The Congress and BJP are the two main contenders in the state with the Congress fielding 59 candidates and BJP 60 in the 60-seat State Assembly.

Apart from these two parties, Trinamool Congress has fielded 16, NCP 7, CPI 6 and CPI(M) two.

Among the regional parties, Naga People's Front has fielded 16 candidates and People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) one. Twenty-three Independents are also in the fray.

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is also visiting Imphal to campaign for the party on the 28th of this month. Earlier Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and North-East Democratic Alliance Convenor Hemanta Biswa Sarma have campaigned for their party candidates in different parts of the state.

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| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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