The northeast has emerged as the growth engine of the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah here on Saturday while laying the foundation stone of a medical college and nine law institutes, besides launching two other projects in Assam.

He said Modi considers the northeast as the focal point for the nation’s development, and has visited the region “30 times in the last six years and each time, he has come with some gifts.”

All the four projects were launched centrally from the Kumar Bhaskar Barman Kshetra at Amingaon here in presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarabananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Food Processing Rameshwar Teli, state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and others.

Shah also laid the foundation stone of nine law colleges to be set up at Diphu, Silchar, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, North Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Nalbari, Rangia and Raha.

Shah said NDA’s triumph in the just-concluded Bodoland Territorial Council polls was like a semifinal before the assembly elections in which it will emerge winners with huge majority.

He also appealed to the farmers and asked them to come forward and discuss with the government.

“Some people are protesting over the reforms in the agriculture sector. I would like to appeal to them to come forward and discuss it with the government to find a solution,” Union Home Minister Amit Shah said.

“Farmers agitating against new agriculture laws should resolve their issues through discussions,” he added. 

(With inputs from agency)