Chief Minister Pema Khandu today attended a BJP mega party rally here along with Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, State BJP President Tapir Gao, Power Minister Tamiyo Taga, Horticulture Parliamentary Secretary Punji Mara, Dumporijo MLA Pakgna Bage, and several other top party functionaries.
The Chief Minister and the visiting dignitaries were accorded rousing reception at Air Field by hundreds of party workers and several ponung dance team.
In this BJP Mega Rally , several panchayat leaders from Congress and PPA party joined the BJP. Sate BJP president Tapir Gao formally welcomed the newly joined members. Prominent among them were Zilla Chairperson Togam Leriak and ZPM Yokpo Baja.
Eight ASMs joined the party representing Chikom Anchal Samity. From Nacho constituency, 6 ASMs and 9 others joined the BJP party including one ASM from Dumporijo constituency.
Khandu in his speech emphasized on development of foothill areas, reasoning that these places will become the centre for export of natural resources and agri-horti products. He said once the connectivity issues are addressed, these areas will lead the economy of the state. He informed that railway connectivity and east-west industrial corridor are being planned for development of connectivity in these foothill areas.
He said people have to stop demanding exorbitant rates for land compensation and urged the people to make way for development. Khandu particularly urged the party members to think for the nation first, then party and self last.
The Chief Minister assured to take up the maintenance of 2.5 km road of Daporijo to Taliha road, a stretch that has been bypassed by ongoing construction of 2-lane highway. He said the matter will be taken up with ministry of defence for maintenance. Owing to lack of maintenance, this 2.5 km road had been in poor condition with deep waterlogged tracks that made plying of vehicle extremely difficult.
Taking note of the poor condition of the township roads, the Chief Minister suggested that Rs 15 crore an amount kept with district administration, which had remained unutilized after disbursement of land compensation be invested to repair roads. He also announced to grant another Rs 5 crore through state government for repair of township roads.
Khandu further announced Rs 2 crore for infrastructure development of Gepen Circle office, which had remained almost non-functional due to lack of infrastructure since its inauguration in 2015.
Rijiju in his speech spoke on the connectivity issues of the district. He said the 2-lane highway from Potin will not bypass Daporijo Township and will be re-aligned across Subansiri river touch the town. He also assured for direct highway connectivity from Daporijo to Dollongmukh towards Assam, which will be declared as national highway.
Deputy Chief Minister, State BJP President and Power Minister also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier in the morning, Chief Minister inaugurated the newly opened District BJP office at the Gandhi market.