On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will start BJP’s election campaign in the Northeast from Assam’s Silchar, which is the oldest bastion in the region. PM Modi will also unveil a dozen of projects in Manipur and will address a public rally there.
25 Lok Sabha seats in the North-eastern region are the significant to the BJP’s political prospects in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
However, resentment may be building in Silchar, Assam. A majority of people in the region- the Assam’s Barak Valley hub- are Bengali speaking people, and a number of Bengali Hindus, who voted for BJP in the last elections, were left out of the NRC (National Register of Citizens) draft.
Most of the people in the region had supported BJP in 2016 Assembly Elections as of its unfulfilled promise to bring the Citizenship Amendment Bill. The legislation aims to change the definition of illegal migrants of specific communities, which had been termed as “anti-Assam” by many regional parties.
Meanwhile, Hindustan Paper Corporation has planned to hold a demonstration at Prime Minister’s rally to protest the party’s unfulfilled promises to re-establish the Panchgram and Nagaon mills. Manipur terrorist groups have called for a boycott of PM Modi’s rally and organized a general strike as a mark of the protest.
Irrespective Silchar being its stronghold, BJP could not win a single seat in the Lok Sabha elections in Dima Hasao, Barak Valley, and Karbi Anglong region in 2014.