NE will be Congress-mukt after Mizoram polls: Amit Shah

NE will be Congress-mukt after  Mizoram polls: Amit Shah

GUWAHATI, May 20: BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday said people would get a “Congress-mukt” Northeast following Mizoram election even as he got a feel of people’s sentiments in Assam against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which the Narendra Modi government wants to pass to grant citizenship to the non-Muslim immigrants of Bangladesh besides Pakistan and Afghanistan.
“After Mizoram election, the Northeast will be Congress-mukt. You will find eight chief ministers sitting on dais in NEDA’s next meeting,” Shah said at the 3rd conclave of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) in Guwahati which was attended among others by six chief ministers of the Northeast.
The NEDA, a brainchild of Shah, is a conglomerate of non-Congress political parties in the Northeast and its mission is to rid the region of the Congress. Since its formation in 2016 following BJP’s historic victory in Assam, the saffron party and its NEDA allies went on to capture power in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura. Mizoram, the last Congress-ruled state in the Northeast, will go to election by the year-end.
Shah also put the onus of the poor Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of north-eastern states on the Congress. He said before Independence the
GSDP of Assam was the highest in the country, but after it came under the rule of the Congress, they lagged behind.
“Before Independence, GSDP of Assam was the highest in this country. At that time, the whole North East used to come in Assam. But, what happened after that? Why did north-east lag post independence? It was all because of Congress government,” Shah said.
Meanwhile, Shah’s visit was preceded by protests by peasants’ body Krishak Mukti Sangram Samitee (KMSS) against the Citizenship Bill. KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi and several of its members were arrested and whisked away in buses by the police as they were staging a protest holding black flags near the venue of NEDA conclave.
“It is our democratic right to stage a protest peacefully but the manner in which it is thwarted by the police is uncalled for. We appeal to people to raise their voice against the bill,” Gogoi told reporters.