According to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the process of "mainstreaming" of the Northeast of India began in 2014 and the region has since been progressing at a pace like never before. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday proposed five national capitals, one for each zone, to end regional disparity in the country.
The senior BJP leader, in a series of tweets, continued his tirade against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, with whom he has been engaged in a war of words on Twitter, claiming that the former tried to compare the national capital with Northeastern cities, going on to vouch for the development in his state and those around it.
He tweeted: "Finally, after seven decades of denial & negligence, the process of mainstreaming of the North East started in 2014 by Hon PM, and the pace of progress is unrelenting. North East does not need sympathy & ridicule, we need what's due to us - respect, resources and regeneration."
Mr Sarma and Mr Kejriwal had been engaged in a Twitter battle since last week, which began when the Delhi CM criticised the Assam government's decision to close many schools due to poor results, saying it wasn't the solution.
The Assam CM retaliated by saying Mr Kejriwal hasn't done his homework and that he was ignorant about the work done by the Assam government.
The AAP leader responded by saying he would like to visit Assam to see the "good work" done by the state government himself, to which Sarma mockingly said that an "invitation" has already been sent to Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, referring to legal summons issued to him by a local court over a defamation case filed by Mr Sarma.
The Assam chief minister alleged that his Delhi counterpart is comparing the national capital with smaller cities in Assam and the Northeast to hide his failure in fulfilling his promise to transform Delhi into foreign metropolitans such as London or Paris.
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