A week after his high-decibel visit to West Bengal, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today arrived in neighbouring Assam, which, too, goes to polls in a few months from now. His two-day visit to the northeast region began with much fanfare as he landed around mid-night (December 25-26) at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati, outside which scores of folk artistes and hundreds of supporters had created a festival-like atmosphere on his account.
I wholeheartedly thank people of Assam for such warm welcome. pic.twitter.com/7E7oQMdE2k
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 25, 2020
He was received at the airport by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Mr Shah’s programmes in Guwahati today include distribution of financial grants to 8,000 Namghars (traditional Vaishnavite monasteries of Assam) under the Assam Darshan programme. He will also lay the foundation stones for the development of “Batadrava Than” as a cultural and tourist destination, a new medical college in the state capital, and nine law colleges to be established across Assam, according to ANI.
This is besides the public rallies he is expected to address and the preparatory meetings with party colleagues and workers to flag off the BJP’s election campaign for the 2021 state assembly polls. Sources informed NDTV that at least two state Congress leaders are expected to join his party in his presence today – a minor repeat of what took place during Mr Shah’s West Bengal visit on December 19-20.
In the second leg of his northeast visit, on December 27, the Union Home Minister will lay the foundation stones of the Churachandpur Medical College in Imphal, according to ANI. This is besides flagging of projects to build the state government guest house and the police headquarters at Imphal, the Manipur Bhawan in New Delhi, the Indian Institute of Technology at Muongkhong, and the Integrated Command and Control Centre City in Imphal, the agency reported.
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