Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed the Neiphiu Rio government for the lack of development in Nagaland and forcing 70% of its people to be in poverty. Gandhi was addressing a party rally in Nagaland's commercial hub Dimapur, 75 km west of state capital Kohima.
"The UPA government has been pumping money into Nagaland but there's no development. The roads are pathetic and the funds are not reaching the people, and as a consequence most of the people are poor," Gandhi said while exhorting the youth to join the Congress and strengthen the party.
Gandhi's tour is being seen as the Congress' warm-up for the assembly elections scheduled in four northeastern states between early 2012 and mid-2013. The elections in Nagaland, ruled by Rio's non-Congress Democratic Alliance of Nagaland government, and in Left-ruled Tripura are expected by early 2013. Elections in Manipur, on the other hand, are due by March next year.
Gandhi had earlier inaugurated the auditorium of a Nagaland University campus at Mokokchung town in the eastern part of the state.