Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat praised PM Narendra Modi. (File Photo)
With the National Democratic Alliance government completing three years in office, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has said the Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance will return to power at the centre in 2019 with a stronger mandate. Mr Rawat said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has "established India" as an economic and military power in the world map in the last three years. "I am fully confident that the next government at the centre will be formed by the NDA under the leadership of PM Modi with a stronger mandate," Mr Rawat said.
Mr Rawat, who assumed the charge of chief minister of Uttarakhand on March 18 after the BJP won 57 of the 70 assembly seats, ousting the Congress, said the opposition was "nowhere to be seen" in the country and they were in a "pathetic stage".
The 56-year-old chief minister said PM Modi has been running the government with everyone's cooperation and he would continue to do so in the future. "PM Modi is running the government with a big heart. Many people when assumes power, become arrogant, forget their own colleagues or friends. But the prime minister has never given such an impression. He likes to work with everyone's cooperation," he said.
Mr Rawat praised the government's move to convene a meeting of five Himalayan states to take stock of security and development activities along the 3,488-kilometre-long border with China.
"We have not given attention to the issues concerning our border with China. It was for the first time such a meeting was held in Gangtok. It was also decided that every year such a meeting will be held in future," he said.
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