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Modi ‘anguished’ at Congress ‘abusing’ Northeast culture, calling its dress ‘outlandish’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a BJP rally in Lunglei, Mizoram, on Friday.  

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.”

“I feel a deep sense of anguish when I see a Congress leader abusing the traditional dress of the Northeast States, calling them outlandish. Your hopes and ambitions do not matter to the Congress. Their priority is power and not the people of Mizoram,” he said at an election rally at Lunglei in Mizoram.

Tharoor's remarks

In August last, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor stated that the Prime Minister wears “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?” he said.

Mr. Modi said the country had understood the “divide and rule” policy of the Congress and that was the reason the party was just confined to a few States.

“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. The Congress's priority is not the people of Mizoram; it is fighting to gain power,” he said.

 

Mr. Modi asserted that in the last four years, the BJP government at the Centre, had worked for greater recognition of Indian culture and traditions, far and wide.  “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 governments in both the Centre and the State would take Mizoram to new heights, he added.

Mizoram is the last bastion of the Congress in the Northeast. Elections to the 40-member Assembly is scheduled for November 28.

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