BJP’s core agenda is development of both valley and hills, says Sambit Patra
The Congress had divided the valley and hills in Manipur for so many years by neglecting the hills, alleged the BJP national spokesperson.
‘Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas, Sab Ka Vishwas’ being the vision of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP’s core agenda in Manipur is to bring equal development both in the valley and hills,” asserted BJP national spokesperson and in-charge of north-east, Sambit Patra while addressing the congregate at Kangpokpi district headquarters during his maiden visit on Tuesday.
“We want to unite the valley and the hills, we cannot exclude any groups, the valley and the hills should be together in Manipur, and there should be equal development”, averred Patra and added that “we have come here in the hills under state government’s ‘Go to Hills’ mission for equal development.”
Patra further said that “as we considered development of the hills extremely important, I am happy to see that under the BJP-led government, approximately Rs 100 crores have been allotted by the chief minister for the development of the hills.”
While alleging the past Congress-led government for neglecting the hill regions, the BJP national spokesperson questioned why there was no proper road, no hospitals, no schools, no development and no money for the development in the hills. He further alleged that with its mischievous agenda of ‘Divide and Rule’ policy, the Congress had divided the valley and hills in Manipur for so many years by neglecting the hills. However, BJP wants to unite the valley and the hills and bring equal development, he added.
Earlier, Patra and his team were accorded a warm welcome at Keithelmanbi, Kalapahar and at various other locations on their way towards Kangpokpi DHQs. Later, they were warmly welcomed by the local bodies under the aegis of Kangpokpi Town Committee, District BJP leaders, CVO leaders and others at Kangpokpi.
Patra was accompanied by BJP Manipur Pradesh president, S Tikendra Singh; organisation general secretary, Sh Abhay Giri; state secretary, P Premanda Meitei; MLA of Kangpokpi, Nemcha Kipgen and other party leaders during his maiden visit to the district.
Before various meetings at the conference hall of ADC Sadar Hills, Patra had a brief meeting with intellectuals, social activists and local leaders after a greeting ceremony and presentation led by BJP Sadar Hills president, Thangjamang Kipgen. He then had a meeting with district in-charge, district office bearers, Morcha presidents and general secretaries, state party leaders of the concerned districts.
Later, he had an interaction with Saikul, Saitu and Kangpokpi Mandal office bearers, booth presidents, district president and general secretaries before having a brief meeting with MLAs, ADC members, former MLAs and former MPs. The meeting included MLA Nemcha Kipgen, MLA Ngamthang Haokip, former chairman of ADC Sadar Hills, Haokholal Hangshing, former MLAs Thangminlen Kipgen and Haokholet Kipgen.
Various civil voluntary organisations including KSO Sadar Hills, Kuki Women Union Sadar Hills, Kangpokpi Town Committee and Kangpokpi Women Welfare Organisation also submitted separate memorandum on various issues to the BJP national spokesperson.
Later, Patra and his team visited the ‘Nute Kailhang’ and Kangpokpi bazaar and interacted with the people, shopkeepers and other locals.