| BJP national vice-president Smriti Irani in Guwahati on Saturday. Picture by UB photos |
Guwahati, Feb. 15: The BJP national vice-president, Smriti Irani, today charged the UPA government with failing to take forward the development projects of the NDA for the Northeast.
“Our Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had set up a separate ministry (DoNER) for the development of the Northeast and the communication development projects in the region. But after the UPA government came to power in 2004, the development projects did not move forward and hence all capital towns of the region still do not have proper connectivity,” Irani said.
A popular actress, Irani was here to release an Assamese book, Natun Asom Gorim by Pradyut Bora, a national executive member of BJP from Assam. The book talks about the burning issues of Assam, including unemployment, lack of good leaders and brain drain, among others. Irani criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by saying that even as the latter represented Assam in the Rajya Sabha, he failed to take steps to improve the annual floods situation and erosion. “As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has not only failed the people of the country but also people here as Assam elected him to the Rajya Sabha. We have not seen any concrete measures to address some issues, including floods, that takes away miles of land and kills many people every year,” the BJP leader said.
Irani’s comment comes days after Narendra Modi addressed a rally here and criticised Manmohan Singh, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Assam for the fifth term. BJP leaders have stepped up campaigns against the Congress and the UPA government after Modi’s rally.
Talking about the ‘Look East’ policy that aims at improving India’s relations with Southeast Asian countries through the Northeast, Irani explained how the policy could be implemented if communication network in the region improved.