TURA, Feb 17: Union textile minister Smriti Zubeen Irani on Saturday hit out at the Congress led government for what she termed as 50 years of failure in developing the state of Meghalaya. The remarks against the Congress came at two election rallies held at the border village of Dalu and Zikzak in Garo Hills.
The union minister, during the rally, made an effort to strike a chord with women electorates by instilling hope and commitment of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who ensured free gas cylinders to poor household.
“Women in India work tirelessly cooking food in traditional chulas to bring smile in their children’s face. Modiji decided to provide gas cylinder to poor women to ease their problem. The corporates had apprehension that poor will not be able to pay but Modi ji requested the rich beneficiaries to give up their gas subsidy, so that the benefit can reach the poor and needy,” said Irani.
The initiative has so far benefited over 3 crore women in the country after 1 crore people withdrew their gas subsidy.
Irani accused the Congress of failing in its responsibility for 50 years, which Modi made possible in three years.
Irani was at Dalu to campaign for sitting MDC, Kurosh R Marak, who is contesting the poll from Dalu constituency in West Garo Hills. She was accompanied by Assam MLA Numal Momin and BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli.
Making her pitch as a women karyakarta of BJP in poll bound Meghalaya, where BJP has fielded 48 candidates, Irani said, “Meghalaya has a unique culture and tradition and the confidence of women and children is fascinating. Our party believes in empowering women and we will be able to drive the agenda in Meghalaya to further their cause.”
“The job of a home minister is to protect women and children but in Meghalaya it is a reverse. It is sad and shocking that in Meghalaya where women are held so high, such incident has shamed the state,” said Irani while referring to the former Home minister, HDR Lyngdoh’s son’s infamous Marvellene Inn case.
Irani promised that if BJP was voted to power, a dedicated women police force would be in place to ensure security of the women. “The pride of women has to be restored and we will ensure that women in Meghalaya feel safe, secure and independent.”
The Union Minister accused Meghalaya CM Dr. Mukul Sangma of creating obstacles in the implementation of central schemes.
“In absence of proper health care facilities our people have to avail treatment in neighboring Bangladesh. This is a blot on Congress government that they have not been able to provide healthcare services to its people. Modi ji has subsidized rate of crucial medicines but Mukul has failed to provide those medicines to the people of Meghalaya,” said Irani.
Irani also interacted with the crowd and sought their opinion on the health care facilities available at Dalu. The people in loud voice responded that they have to go to Tura or Guwahati for better services because nothing was available at Dalu community health centre.
A crowd of over 3000 people attended the rally, which was labeled as “rally for change”.