PM Narendra Modi addressing the nation on the occasion of the 72nd Independence Day celebrations from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi on Wednesday

New Delhi: Delivering his last Independence Day speech ahead of the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for the next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that his government has been able to bring the people of the Northeast closer to New Delhi.

While addressing this Independence Day from the historic Red Fort, Modi spoke in detail about the various issues apart from making some key announcements. The PM also elaborated on the various achievements of the northeastern states in business, infrastructure and development, sports and other development issues.

Earlier, the PM said, people used to ignore news relating to the Northeast. Now, lots of development works are being carried out in that region ranging from issues relating to getting electricity to job opportunities.

Modi further said that Tripura, Meghalaya and many parts of Arunachal Pradesh are seeing historic peace. “From 126, Left wing extremism has been restricted to 90 districts. We are working to ensure peace across the nation.”

During his fifth and final address in the current tenure, Modi also highlighted the achievements of the NDA government in the last four years. During his speech, he also announced his flagship health policy, Ayushman Bharat.

“My government will launch an ambitious healthcare scheme on September 25 this year which will benefit 50 crore citizens of the country,” he said. On Tripple Talaq bill, Modi said, “I will leave no stone unturned to ensure that Muslim women do not suffer due to Triple Talaq.”

Targeting the UPA government in his Independence Day speech, Modi said, “We had continued at the same pace at which toilets were being constructed in 2013, the pace at which electrification was happening in 2013, then it would have taken us decades to complete.”

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