Speaking at a rally, PM Ways said, “I can say from Shillong that today our eyes might be on the game being played in Qatar and on the foreign teams in the field, but I have faith in the youth power of my country. Therefore, I can say with confidence that the day is not far when we will celebrate such a festival in India and cheer for the tricolour.”
“It is a coincidence that today when the final of the football WC is taking place, I am here in the midst of football lovers in the football field. There is a football competition going on that side and we are competing for development in this football field. The match is happening in Qatar, but the excitement here is no less.”
“And friends, when I am in the football field and football fever is all around, why not talk in the context of football, talk about football as an example. We all know that in football, if anyone defies the sportsmanship spirit, that goes against the spirit of the game, he is shown a red card and thrown out. Similarly, in the last eight years, we have shown a red card to many obstacles related to the development of the northeast. We are making sincere efforts to exclude corruption, discrimination, nepotism, violence, pendency of projects, vote bank politics,” Modi said.
Slamming the opposition, he said their governments were in office for a long time but had a divisive thinking for the northeast and now “we have come up with the intention of DEVINE (Development Initiative for North East Region). Be it different communities, or different regions, we are doing away with every kind of division.”
“Today, in the northeast, we are not building borders of disputes, but corridors of development. In the last eight years, many organisations have shunned the path of violence and have chosen the path of lasting peace. The situation is constantly being improved in collaboration with the states to ensure that Afspa is not required in the northeast,” he said.