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Mukul writes to Modi in greeting

Shillong, May 28: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma has sought to build bridges with the new government in New Delhi against the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stress on taking everyone along towards the country's development.

Sangma, who had been a Modi critic during the Lok Sabha polls, shot off a letter to the Prime Minister congratulating him on assuming the high office.

“I write this to convey greetings and felicitations on your grand success in the elections and especially on your elevation to the august office of the Prime Minister of India. This truly establishes the credibility and character of our democracy,” Sangma wrote in the letter.

The chief minister, although invited, could not attend the swearing-in ceremony of the Prime Minister and his team on Monday.

Assuring his full support and co-operation, Sangma said that the state would work keenly with the Prime Minister on matters of common concern.

“Under your wise and able leadership, I am sure that relations between the Centre and the states will grow in mutual confidence in the larger interests of our nation,” he said.

Moreover, while pointing out that the Northeast and Meghalaya have their own unique challenges as well as opportunities, he mentioned, “Together, we need to address these on utmost priority. I should be able to bring these to your personal attention at a more opportune time.”

In his meeting with PMO officials today, Modi indicated that he would like his office to consider issues, especially those raised by the states, on “priority and with sensitivity.”

An official communiqué stated that Modi felt that this was important because India’s progress lies in the progress of the states and this would strengthen the federal structure.