Cong has no regard for NE region, its traditions: PM

LUNGLEI, Nov 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he felt a deep sense of anguish at the Congress “abusing” the Northeast culture and calling its dress “outlandish”.
Coming down heavily on the rival party at an election rally here in Mizoram, he also said the country has understood the “divide and rule” policy of the Congress, and that is the reason the party was just confined to two to three states.
Mizoram in the Northeast is the last bastion of the Congress. Election to the 40-member assembly is scheduled for 28 November.
“The Congress party, which once governed maximum number of states, is now restricted to just two or three states. Now, the people of Mizoram have a golden opportunity to rid themselves of this Congress culture,” Modi said.
The priority for the Congress is not the people of Mizoram, it is fighting to gain power, the PM charged.
“I feel a deep sense of anguish when I see a Congress leader abusing traditional dresses of the Northeast states, calling them outlandish. Your hopes, ambitions do not matter to the Congress. Their priority is power and not the people of Mizoram,” he stated.
In the last four years, the BJP government at the Centre has worked for greater recognition of Indian culture and traditions, far and wide, Modi asserted.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor had in August stated that Prime Minister Modi wore “outlandish” headgear.
“I ask you, why does our prime minister wear all sorts of outlandish headgear wherever he goes around the country or around the world? Why does he always refuse to wear a Muslim skull cap?” Tharoor had stated.
“You see him in Naga headgears with feathers. You have seen him in various kinds of extraordinary outfits, which is a right thing for a prime minister to do. Indira Gandhi has also been photographed wearing various kinds of costumes. But why does he still always say no to one?” Tharoor had stated.
The prime minister claimed, “Through its ‘Act, East, Act Fast’ policy, the BJP has, in the last 4.5 years, developed every region of the Northeast.”
The “double engine of the BJP government” at both the Centre and the state would take Mizoram to new heights, he added. (PTI)