On his first visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday asked people to speed up the pace of growth in the northeastern region where the Congress has played a major role in the all round development.
"Congress party has played a significant role in the all round development of the north east, particularly Arunachal Pradesh. Four decades ago, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had accorded Union Territory status to Arunachal Pradesh and two decades back Rajiv Gandhi had made it a state," he said.
Singh, who arrived in Itanagar on a two-day visit, was addressing party workers after inaugurating the new Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, headquarters of the Pradesh Congress Committee, in Itanagar.
The Prime Minister, who was accompanied by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, said Arunachal Pradesh had a special place in Rajiv Gandhi's heart and he was happy that the new building was named after him.
He said both Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi gave special emphasis on the rapid development of the entire northeastern region, especially Arunachal Pradesh by launching various schemes.
Singh pointed out that he was a Member of Parliament from the region and said his government has been taking a number of steps for the fast progress of the northeast in all spheres.
The Prime Minister urged the people to work hard and fulfil the dreams of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi and the vision of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.