Manipur polls 2017: Cheaper rice, easy availability of LPG will be game-changer, says Javadekar
Easy availability of cooking gas cylinders and cheaper rice due to the efforts of the Narendra Modi government will be a “game-changer” in Manipur assembly polls, Union minister Prakash Javadekar, who is BJP’s in-charge for the state elections, said on Wednesday. He also asserted that anti-incumbency sentiment against the 15-year-old rule of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh of Congress was strong and his government will meet the same fate as that of former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who was voted out of power after a continuous reign of 15 years.
BJP is making a concerted bid for power in the northeastern state where it has never run government. However, BJP’s victory in the assembly polls in neighbouring Assam has boosted the party’s morale.
“Cooking gas cylinder was earlier difficult to get (for the common man) and available in black market. Not it is easily available. People are also happy with the central government due to availability of rice of Rs 3 against Rs 5.60 earlier under the PDS. It will be a game-changer,” he told reporters.
Cheaper rice is available for tribals, who are in large numbers in the state. “We are sure to win because of BJP’s rising credibility as people have benefited from the Modi government’s programmes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity has only risen. Able leaders from different walks of lives are joining the party,” he said.
The central government has given focus to the northeastern region and people appreciate it, he said and also cited programmes like Mudra and Jan Dhan scheme which have benefitted them.