Making a strong pitch in both the states, PM Modi said organic farming has a big market globally and the entire Northeast has immense potential for it. Both states will go on polls on February 27 and results will be announced on March 3.
Pahamrioh is a village with about 300 families, most of whom had migrated from near Sohra (new name for Cherrapunji) about 60 years ago at the instance of Rev J J M NicholsRoy, one of the founding fathers of present-day Meghalaya.
The chief minister Mukul Sangma claimed that it was due to the state government's effort that a Special Force was formed, wherein over 1,700 personnel were recruited to tackle insurgency and maintain law and order in the state.
Rahul Gandhi in Meghalaya LIVE UPDATES: This is Congress chief's second visit to the state, before it goes to polls on February 27. The results will be announced on March 3.
There are around 1 lakh new voters in Meghalaya in this election slated for February 27. Of them, around 45,000 are first-time voters in the age group 18-19.
The senior BJP leader, who started his speeches in the local language and ended in it too, said his party would ensure proper health facilities throughout the state if it came to power.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma announced the death of Jonathone Nengminza Sangma (43) on Twitter. But state DGP S B Singh told The Indian Express there was no confirmation that the candidate had died.
Smriti Irani's rallies, part of BJP's campaign for the upcoming Assembly polls in Meghalaya, were held a day after BJP president Amit Shah promised that the state would be a model state in five years.
Asking people to find out what had happened to increased allocation of funds by the Centre to Meghalaya during the last four years, Shah said that the Congress government could not spend the funds properly.
The BJP, which said it would form the next government in the state despite fielding only 47 candidates in a House of 60 seats, also promised that it will get back on track coal mines that have remained shut following an order of National Green Tribunal in 2014.
In the manifesto, released by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a press conference at Shillong, the BJP promised to resolve the ban on coal mining, which affected thousands of families dependent on it, if voted to power.
The BJP has hit back saying Alphons had only referred to schemes under the Swadesh Darshan that provide funds for development of pilgrimage sites for people of various faiths. “The Congress has been trying to mislead the people.
BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli said: "They are trying to force these agendas and are spreading lies with regards to eating habits, but we have always said political parties don't decide what food people of an area have or what clothes they wear..."
During his two-day visit to Meghalaya, CEC OP Rawat will inspect the election machineries and meet state chief secretary Y Tsering and police chief S B Singh, chief electoral officer (CEO) FR Kharkongor told journalists.
"We don't believe in a fractured mandate. Do not get surprised by my confidence, I have been handling elections for last 30 years. We are confident of forming a government in Meghalaya," Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
This is for the first time that Sangma, who is Chief Minister of Meghalaya for past 10 years, is also contesting from a second seat.
The BJP which is trying to unseat the ruling Congress in Christian-dominated state, said that the issue is being "communalized".
Meghalaya is set to go to polls on February 27 and the results will be announced on March 3. The tenure of the current 60-member assembly ends on March 6.
The 443 candidates include 59 of the Congress, 53 of the NPP and 47 contestants of the BJP besides other regional parties and Independents, Kharkongor said. Meghalaya will go to polls on February 27.
Ngaitlang Dhar, a school dropout, has immovable assets including agricultural land worth Rs 219.04 crore and movable assets valued at over Rs 71.23 crore.