Guwahati, March 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today promised that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government do everything possible to make Assam atma nirbhar (self-reliant) in the next five years, after having laid a strong foundation of development in the state in the past five years.
Addressing an election rally at Bihpuria in Lakhimpur district, Modi said the “BJP-led government in Assam has made basic amenities accessible to economically-disadvantaged sections under various schemes apart from ensuring development across various sectors.”
“In the past five years, we have strengthened the foundation of development in Assam. Now we will strive to make Assam atma nirbhar (self-reliant),” he said, while lauding the BJP’s ten resolves in the poll manifesto (released here on Tuesday).
The Prime Minister further claimed that the BJP government has put an end to violence and illegal infiltration in the past five years to usher in peace and development.
“The Dhubri border has been almost sealed to stop influx (from Bangladesh). The pending fencing work is going on at a rapid pace. Assam has been freed from violence, influx and an environment of trust amid all-round development has been created,” he said.
Modi announced that a cultural auditorium and university in the name of Vaishnavite saint Mahapurush Madhab Dev would be set up.
“The historic town of Sivasagar would be among the five top pilgrimage sites of the country, he added.
This is the Prime Minister's fifth visit to poll-bound Assam this year and the second after the Election Commission of India announced the election dates.
Taking potshots at the Opposition, he said the “Congress has in 15 years failed to protect namghars, protect Kaziranga and its rhinos. But the BJP government has not only protected namghars but has freed Kaziranga from infiltrators.”
The Prime Minister further said that in the past five years, close to 100 percent LPG connections have been given to the needy, besides power, medical and toilet facilities.
“I want to assure you that the remaining beneficiaries of the PM Awas Yojana would be provided pucca houses. In fact, we will ensure that all economically disadvantaged families have pucca houses by the time India attains 75 years of its Independence,” he said.