Indian PM seeks vote on development in northeastern Assam
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (April 08) promised all-round development of northeastern Assam state if his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was voted to power.
Assam is one of the seven states in India’s northeast that border Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar.
Ahead of the second and the last phase of polling scheduled on April 11, Modi said the BJP-ruled states were doing much better compared to other states.
“All the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states believe in all-round development, be it any caste, any village or town, poor or rich, literate or illiterate, men or women. We don’t believe in development for few,” Modi said.
“Development is my only agenda. I want to light up the houses of the poor, I want to give them homes. I want to get the children educated, construct roads in villages and generate employment for people,” he added.
An opinion poll said the BJP will fall short of a majority in Assam after a tense anti-immigrant campaign.
A disappointing showing in Assam, the only state where the ruling party has a chance to win power, will be a further blow to Modi’s ambition to consolidate strength in parliament and push reforms.
Last year, Modi lost an election in Bihar to a united opposition that has blocked his moves to reform state taxes and land transfers and deliver on his promise of rapid growth and jobs.