Union Interior Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Assam and Manipur from Saturday and usher in a number of new projects in both northeastern states. Shah’s programs in Guwahati on Saturday include the distribution of financial grants to 8,000 traditional Vaisnavite monasteries in the state under the Assam Darshan program. It will also lay the foundation for the development of Batadrava Than as a cultural and tourist destination, the new medical school in Guwahati and nine law schools to be established throughout Assam.
Shah will hold a meeting with party leaders and review election preparation ahead of next year’s assembly elections in Assam. Baijayant Panda, vice president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and in charge of Assam, said many Assam opposition leaders are in contact with the party. “A large number of MLAs in West Bengal have joined us. This is happening across the country and in other states as well. In Assam too, several locally elected representatives have joined us in recent weeks. This is because the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is undeniable across the country, and he is exceptional, ”Panda said, according to ANI.
“So in Assam, many leaders contact us on a daily basis from those parties that oppose us, so we will take that into consideration and you will definitely see many people joining the BJP very soon. As the polls of the assembly in Assam are approaching, a large number of congressional leaders are making an offer to join the BJP government in Assam, ”Panda added.
Assembly elections will be held in Assam in April 2021.
On Sunday the Union Interior Minister will lay the foundations of Churachandpur Medical College, the state government guest house in Imphal, the Manipur Bhawan in Dwarka in New Delhi, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Muongkhong, the headquarters of the state police in Imphal and the Integrated Command and Control Center City in Imphal.
The government of Manipur Prime Minister N Biren Singh intends to honor Shah for his role in introducing the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system to the northeastern state during his visit on Sunday. “We are also appealing to people to participate in the program that has been planned as an appreciation for the role of Union Interior Minister Amit Shahji in introducing the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in the state,” Biren Singh said Saturday.
ILP is issued to grant domestic travel permit to an Indian citizen in a protected area for a limited period. It was formally introduced into the state on January 1, 2020, making Manipur the fourth state in the Northeast after Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram where the ILP regime is applicable.
The prime minister also said that his government is planning the inauguration of completed projects such as the Thoubal multifunctional project and the cornerstone-laying ceremonies for new projects, such as the construction of the state police headquarters, etc., during Shah’s visit. A meeting of representatives of civil society organizations in the state with the visiting interior minister is also underway, he added.