Making an analogy to football, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that his government has given red cards to hurdles like corruption, nepotism, and discrimination in the last eight years.
In his address at a football ground here on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of the North Eastern Council, PM Modi said, “It is a coincidence that today when the final of the Football World Cup is taking place, I am in the midst of football lovers on the football ground itself. On the other side, a football competition is going on and subsequently this side, we are competing for development on the football field.”
“I realize the match is taking place in Qatar but the excitement and enthusiasm are no less here,” he said.
Recalling the efforts of his government in the last eight years PM Modi said, “In football, if someone’s behaviour is against the spirit of the game, then he is shown a red card and thrown out. Similarly, in the last eight years, we have eradicated many hurdles– corruption, nepotism, discrimination– related to the North East.”
“In the last 8 years, several outfits left the path of violence and followed the path of peace. In coordination with the state governments, the situation is being continuously improved to ensure that there is no need for AFSPA in the northeast,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated, dedicated, and laid foundation stones for various projects worth Rs 2,450 crores in Shillong as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of the North Eastern Council (NEC).