Modi begins campaigning at poll-bound Meghalaya

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In a tweet, the PM said he would be dedicating the Tuirial Hydropower project to the nation in Aizawl on Saturday.

“With this, Mizoram becomes the third power sufficient State in the Northeastern region, after Sikkim and Tripura, ” he said, adding that the Central Government would aim to make Mizoram a major power exporter by tapping its power potential. This visit of PM is observed as he visited the state to blow the conch for the BJP campaign in the state as there are only two months left for the Assembly Elections.

The Prime Minister is on a visit to Mizoram and Meghalaya ahead of elections in both the states next year. "It will boost economic activity and establish a direct link between the important towns of the state- Shillong and Tura". "My government wants to do "Transformation by Transportation" through investment in infrastructure to change the face of the North Eastern region". "The completion of this project is a boon for the people of Mizoram", he said. "And Meghalaya would have been the leader of developed states if focus was stressed upon it [good governance]", said the prime minister.

PM talking about the Prime Minister's visit to the Northeast Region also said, "After Morarji Desai, if any Prime Minister took part in a meeting of North-eastern council, it was me". "When our ministers come to this state, they stay here to talk to the people directly about their issues and needs", he said, adding that his government is making efforts to lessen the injustice done to North East all these years. "The BJP's agenda is development, speedy development, and all-round development", PM said.

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"Across the North East the Union Government has sanctioned around four thousand km of National Highways, for an amount of over Rs 32,000 crore".

Later in Shillong, Modi stressed on the need for better connectivity, through air, roads and rail network, for overall development of Meghalaya. SAIL has supplied approximately 5000 Metric Tonnes of PM Plates, Structural and TMTs for this project, including value added steel ASTMA 537 Cl1 plates. We want to make Meghalaya a top tourist destination. "The Centre was executing 15 New Rail Line projects of almost 1400 km length which would cost around Rs 47,000 crore rupees and boost rail infrastructure in the NE Region", Modi said.

"The Government of India is executing 15 New Rail Line projects of 1,385 kilometers length, at a cost of over Rs 47,000 crore".