Nido Taniam's death a national shame, Modi says in Imphal

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Imphal, February 8: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed the BJP New Hope Rally here on Saturday. It was Modi's first rally in the northeast after his anointment as the PM candidate in September last year. Security had been beefed up for the rally.

Modi will address rallies in Guwahati in Assam and Chennai in Tamil Nadu later in the day.

Minutes before his arrival in Manipal, one jawan was killed while three were injured after insurgents attacked a paramilitary patrol [Read here].

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Narendra Modi concludes his speech.

12.35 pm

"Good days are not far.

12.34 pm

"I am really surprised to see the turnout here. Somebody told me that never before had Manipur seen such a rally in Manipur. Just imagine the mood prevailing in the nation now"

12.29 pm

"Manipur is also the place of origin of polo. We must encourage it."

Modi stresses improvement of sports in this region, like football, archery and boxing.

"We will work on Silchar-Imphal Road and Dimapur-Imphal Road."

"The NH-53 is lying in the same state for years. No improvement is made."

12.25 pm

"Send women police battalions to Gujarat for 2 years in police exchange programmes, will give them training."

"Nothing has been done for the empowerment of women and youth in Manipur."

12.21 pm

"The people here know English and are aware about technology. Why NE can't be an IT hub?"

"The Centre is playing with the future of the youngsters. Employment and development are very poor."

Modi also accused Manmohan of doing little for NE despite representing that part

12.18 pm

"Huge chunk of Indian territories have been ceded to neighbours."

"The Centre and state govts have compromised with the national security in Manipur."

12.15 pm

"Our PM represents NE, but has done little for the region."

12.14 pm

"You have given the Congress 60 years. Give us just 60 months to perform."

12.12 pm

"A BJP government willbe accountable for each rupee spent."

12.10 pm

"Multi crore scam happened in lake cleaning. Crores have been siphoned off & this is parallel to Ganga Cleaning Project."

12.07 pm

"The Congress-led govt in Manipur has failed to stop drug-trafficking. It is also corrupt, just like the UPA in Delhi."

Modi rakes up various issues that plague the NE, like insurgency, underdevelopment, drug addiction.

12.05 pm

The NE states were known as seven sisters. After Sikkim's inclusion in the list, I call them Ashta Laksmis (eight gems)

12.02 pm

"Nido's death has been caused because of lack of governance."

"Death of Nido in national capital is a national shame."

12.01 pm

"Lack of political vision has pegged back this region."

"Gujarat has made use of gas and oil resources, but NE hasn't succeeded despite its rich resources."


"China is ahead of us in exporting of herbal medicine but we too have so much biodiversity & such rich culture of Ayurveda."

11.55 am

Modi stresses former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's efforts for the development of Imphal.

"Atalji made 20 point programme for economic development for this region. It was monitored closely by the Centre."

11.54 am

"Northeast has been overlooked since independence.'

"According to Vasstu, if the north-eastrn part of a house is taken care of, it always does good for the entire house. The same holds true for entire India."

11.53 am

"I salute the culture of Manipur."

11.52 am

Modi begins to address rally. He has donned a dress resembling the northeastern culture.

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