Says Oppn par­ties never un­der­stood poverty or the need to serve the poor

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - G Ja­gan­nath g.ja­gan­[email protected]­dia.net

Chen­nai: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sun­day came down heav­ily on the Op­po­si­tion Grand Al­liance com­pris­ing the Congress, TDP, DMK and JD(S). He termed the al­liance as ‘Ma­hamilavat’ or adul­ter­ated al­liance of rich peo­ple try­ing to pro­mote their dy­nas­ties.

On a day-long visit to Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kar­nataka to launch sev­eral de­vel­op­men­tal works and also to ad­dress BJP ral­lies, PM Modi said, “Ma­hamilavat is a club of rich peo­ple try­ing to pro­mote their dy­nas­ties. They nei­ther un­der­stand poverty nor do they have the vi­sion to serve the poor.”

He was ad­dress­ing his party rally in Tirupur in Tamil Nadu af­ter in­au­gu­rat­ing a slew of de­vel­op­men­tal projects in­clud­ing a 10-km sec­tion of Chen­nai Metro Rail and a 100-bed ESIC hospi­tal at Tirupur. The PM’S visit has again re­sulted in a hash­tag war be­tween his sup­port­ers and op­po­si­tion party mem­bers with #Southin­di­afor­namo and #Goback­modi both trend­ing on Twit­ter.

Tak­ing a dig at the Op­po­si­tion, PM Modi said, “They say Modi govern­ment is a fail­ure, Modi has done noth­ing, Modi is go­ing to be badly de­feated but still, they have to form big al­liances to de­feat Modi. What is the agenda of the so-called al­liance? What are the is­sues they are fight­ing for? No­body knows. Be­cause their guns are only aimed at Modi.”

Al­leg­ing that Congress gov­ern­ments helped bro­kers in de­fence deals, he said, “The past gov­ern­ments used the de­fence sec­tor to loot. The pre­vi­ous Congress gov­ern­ments helped bro­kers. Ev­ery mid­dle­man

Fruit­ful visit:

had a link with some or the other Congress leader.”

The PM also hit out at the DMK by ac­cus­ing the it of re­mov­ing the reser­va­tion in pro­mo­tion for SC/ST com­mu­ni­ties

when they were part­ners in the third front govern­ment at the Cen­tre.

Call­ing for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram ‘Mr Re­count­ing Min­is­ter’, the PM

slammed him over his com­ments against mid­dle class and said it was the NDA govern­ment which an­nounced tax ex­emp­tion for tax­pay­ers earn­ing up to five lakh.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi be­ing pre­sented a me­mento by co­conut grow­ing farm­ers dur­ing a BJP rally in Tirup­pur, Tamil Nadu, on Sun­day. He also vis­ited Andhra Pradesh and Kar­nataka on the same day. —PTI

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