Imphal, Oct. 21: BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman today called on the electorate of the Northeast to be game-changers in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections by voting out the UPA government and giving the region a new direction and hope.
“Your (MP) number is not big, but you can collectively show people of the rest of the country that the Northeast demands greater opportunities and capable leaders. You can be the game-changer,” Sitharaman told a news conference here at the end of a three-day visit.
She said pumping in money is not enough and the region needs schemes for creation of job opportunities for the youths who are highly skilled.
The BJP, which is desperately trying to oust the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, is eyeing the maximum number of seats from the Northeast.
Party leader and chairman of the Northeast campaign committee S.S. Ahluwalia has been meeting professionals and intellectuals of the Northeast to get first-hand information on issues and problems of the region for inclusion in the BJP’s election manifesto.
Such an exercise was carried out by Ahluwalia during his visit to Imphal to attend a three-day BJP workers’ training programme held from October 17 at the party’s head-office here. Economists, teachers of colleges and Manipur University and retired government officials highlighted the problems of Manipur during the meeting with Ahluwalia.
BJP sources here said Ahluwalia would consult intellectuals who do not have any party affiliation in the northeastern states before finalising the election manifesto.
Speaking at a programme onParliament Election 2014 — What it Means for the Northeast here yesterday, Sitharaman slammed the UPA government at the Centre for neglecting the Northeast. The programme was organised by Centre for Social Studies.
“I have been interacting with many people during my stay in Imphal. Yesterday, I met many youths, including tribal youths, during the lecture programme. They want to know more about our prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi. The Northeast has many hopes and expectations from the BJP,” Sitharaman said, indicating that the BJP would not let down the Northeast if it comes to power at the Centre.
Stating that people in the Northeast are looking for a change, good governance and a capable leader, she said this change would be possible only when they removed the UPA government.