The projects encompass a wide array of sectors like housing, road, agriculture, telecom, IT, tourism and hospitality, among others.
But Modi will skip, at least for now, the other state going to polls in February, Nagaland, where the political situation is not as comfortable for BJP as it is in the other two states. Nagaland is currently embroiled in two unresolved demands for sovereign identity – by NSCN (IM), and a separate state of “Frontier Nagaland” by seven tribes by carving out six districts from the present state.
NSCN (IM) and the Centre signed a preliminary agreement to frame a final solution in 2015 in the presence of Modi but no headway has been made in the last seven years. Similarly, the demand for a separate state has been haunting BJP since the party’s former chief Nitin Gadkari promised it in 2012.
While NSCN (IM) said on Friday that talks with the government to work out a final solution were still on, a three-member Union home ministry panel arrived in Nagaland the same day and held a meeting with members of Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO), the umbrella body for the seven tribes seeking a separate state. The team will meet government officials in Kohima on Sunday before leaving for Delhi.
In Shillong, Modi will participate in the golden jubilee celebration of the North Eastern Council. Later, he will inaugurate, dedicate and lay foundation stones for multiple projects worth over Rs 2,450 crores. He will dedicate to the nation 4G mobile towers, inaugurate the new campus of IIM-Shillong at Umsawli and inaugurate the Shillong-Diengpasoh Road.
He will lay foundation stones for six road projects across Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. After this, Modi will travel to Agartala and inaugurate and lay foundation stones for various key projects worth over Rs 4,350 crore, including the launch of the Grih Pravesh programme for over two lakh beneficiaries under PMAY in Agartala He will also inaugurate a project to widen Agartala bypass (Khayerpur-Amtali) on NH-8, which will help ease traffic congestion in Agartala.