Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that with help from the Bangladesh government, and by using their ports and other infrastructure, Tripura would become the entry to Southeast Asian countries.
Apart from its 165 km border with Assam and Mizoram, Tripura is all enclosed by Bangladesh with that it shares an 856-km border.
Addressing a public rally at the Swami Vivekananda stadium in Agartala, the Prime Minister said that a spate of development comes in the state would turn Tripura into the best state in the country.
However, in his 25-minute speech in Hindi, he didn’t for once visit the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill against that massive agitations were occurring within the entire northeastern region, including Tripura.
Three CPI-M MPs of the state and the Tripura Student Federation (TSF) boycotted the Prime Minister’s programmes on Saturday as a mark of protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The Congress conjointly displayed black flags and discharged black balloons within the town on the same issue.
Lashing out at the opposition parties’ ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance), PM Modi, while not naming the Congress, said the party that led the central government for more than 55 years are currently keen to form a ‘majboor’ (desperate) government whereas the Bharatiya Janata Party would form a ‘mazboot’ (strong) government once the upcoming general elections.
“Instead of looking into varied issues, they (opposition parties) are only giving ‘gaali’ (abuse) to Modi. It looks an Olympics goes on to deride me,” the Prime Minister said.
“While returning to Agartala city from the airport, I saw cheerful faces of the people as they are now free from the clutches of the previous government’s rule after 25 years,” he said, while not naming the previous party of India-Marxist led Left Front government.
PM Modi said that huge amounts were earlier sanctioned by the centre for many projects and scheme, however, the previous government in the state syphoned off the funds.
“They (CPI-M led Left Front) only did politics with the individuals, particularly with the poor and the working class. Earlier, individuals happiness to only 1 party were benefited. However currently the govt. advantages are for all and are terribly clear.”
Elaborating his government’s welfare measures, the Prime Minister same the central government has recently taken steps to empower the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) for the all-round development of the tribals within the state.
Before his rally, PM Modi dedicated a 23.32 km railway track in southern Tripura to the nation and inaugurated the new advanced of Tripura Institute of Technology (TIT) at Narsingarh, close to Agartala.
He conjointly released a book written in Hindi and Bengali by Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tripura’s last king Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya (ruled 1923-1947).
In his address, Mr Deb thanked the Prime Minister for increasing the allocation for northeastern states by 21 per cent within the interim Budget.
Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma also spoke on the occasion.