Northeastern states poll wins helped in “fostering unity”: Modi

Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the BJP’s victories in the assembly elections in several northeastern states have created an enthusiasm in the country which has helped in “fostering unity” between the people of the region and the rest of India.Addressing a massive gathering at the Assam Rifles ground here during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Tripura government, Modi also urged the state’s opposition to “combine its experience” with the “youthful energy” of the new lawmakers in power for greater progress of Tripura.The prime minister also referred to the saffron party’s win in other northeastern states such as Assam and Nagaland to emphasise his point.

“What is the reason the whole country is talking about Northeast elections, why the verdicts in those states have been welcomed by people. The reverberations of Northeast can be heard across the country.The prime minister, known to use vernacular in his public speeches, made the opening and closing remarks in Bengali, drawing loud cheer from the crowd.

“The new Tripura government is for those people who have voted for it and also for those who didn’t vote for it,” he said.In fact, when outgoing chief minister Manik Sarkar was leaving the stage soon after the swearing-in, Modi walked up to him, held his hand and walked together till the exit gate on the massive stage, to send him off.Chief Minister Biplab Deb then touched Sarkar’s feet to seek his blessings.