MODI RIPS ‘SE­NIOR-MOST POLITI­CIAN’ NAIDU, ‘HELP­LESS’ KU­MARASWAMY

Makes no men­tion of Tamil Nadu govern­ment’s per­for­mance as ef­forts to forge AIADMK-BJP al­liance are on

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IN three back-to-back ral­lies in three dif­fer­ent states across the South, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sun­day tore into the rul­ing par­ties in Andhra Pradesh and Kar­nataka but went easy on Tamil Nadu, where the BJP hopes to stitch to­gether a pact with the AIADMK ahead of the Lok Sabha elec­tions. Modi was at his acer­bic best in Gun­tur, terming the TDP govern­ment in Andhra as baap-beta sarkar (father-son rule). Re­fer­ring to Chief Min­is­ter N Chan­drababu Naidu as the ‘father of Lokesh’ in an ap­par­ent at­tempt to give a naam­dar (dy­nast) tag to the TDP, he said the CM opted out of the NDA as he was told to ac­count for the Cen­tral funds Andhra re­ceived. “He keeps re­mind­ing that he is the se­nior-most politi­cian in the coun­try. Yes, he is. He is the se­nior in chang­ing al­liances, in forg­ing ma­ha­gath­ban­dans, in back­stab­bing his own father-in-law (NTR), and los­ing elec­tion af­ter elec­tion in which I am def­i­nitely not a se­nior. You are also the se­nior in crit­i­cis­ing some­one to­day and sup­port­ing that per­son to­mor­row,” Modi quipped amid loud cheer. In Kar­nataka, he lam­pooned the un­sta­ble JD(S)-Congress coali­tion govern­ment that for­ever ap­pears shaky. Claim­ing Chief Min­is­ter H D Ku­maraswamy had be­come ally Congress’ punch­ing bag, Modi said the Op­po­si­tion wants to im­pose the ‘help­less’ Kar­nataka model at the Cen­tre through its rain­bow ma­ha­gath­band­han. “Any such dis­pen­sa­tion com­ing to power at the Cen­tre could make the coun­try a laugh­ing stock in the in­ter­na­tional arena,” he added. “The up­com­ing elec­tions have placed a choice be­fore the peo­ple be­tween de­vel­op­ment and dy­nasty, pos­i­tiv­ity and neg­a­tiv­ity and clar­ity and con­fu­sion,” Modi said adding the peo­ple’s man­date will give di­rec­tion to fu­ture of the coun­try. “The peo­ple should de­cide whether they need a help­less (ma­j­boor) or a strong (maz­boot) govern­ment,” he as­serted. At Peru­manal­lur near Tirupur, Modi sin­gled out for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram for crit­i­cism. “There was a very wise min­is­ter from TN, the Re­count­ing Min­is­ter... In his typ­i­cal ar­ro­gance he said - why is the mid­dle class so wor­ried about price rise, they buy such ex­pen­sive ice cream and min­eral wa­ter... The mid­dle class does not need the taunts by you and the Congress. They have re­jected you and will con­tinue to do so.” Charg­ing that the op­po­si­tion is­sued poorly-thought out loan waivers to farm­ers ev­ery 10 years, he pointed to the new Kisan Sam­man Nidhi of `6,000 per year as a scheme that would make farm­ers pros­per­ous.

PRIME MIN­IS­TER Naren­dra Modi laid the foun­da­tion for the ESIC Hospi­tal in the city on Sun­day evening. He also in­au­gu­rated the pas­sen­ger ser­vice for the fi­nal leg of Phase-I of Chen­nai Metro, and laid the foun­da­tion for an in­te­grated build­ing at Tiruchy air­port and mod­erni­sa­tion of Chen­nai air­port via video con­fer­ence. Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami too was present at the event and pre­sented the Prime Min­is­ter with a me­mento. Modi, Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Min­is­ter O Pan­neer­sel­vam flagged off the metro ser­vice to­gether. In the 10-minute event, Prime Min­is­ter Modi then ded­i­cated the ESIC Med­i­cal Col­lege and Post Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ence and Re­search (PGIMSR) and 470bed ESIC hospi­tal at KK Na­gar in Chen­nai, En­nore Coastal Ter­mi­nal, and a new crude oil pipe­line from Chen­nai port to Manali re­fin­ery. Gover­nor Ban­war­i­lal Purohit, Union Min­is­ter Pon Rad­hakr­ish­nan and State An­i­mal Hus­bandry Min­is­ter Udu­malai K Rad­hakr­ish­nan were among those present at the event.

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi flag­ging off the last leg of Chen­nai Metro Rail’s Phase-I in the pres­ence of Tamil Nadu CM Edap­padi K Palaniswami, Deputy CM O Pan­neer­sel­vam and Gover­nor Ban­war­i­lal Purohit at Peru­manal­lur near Tirupur, via video con­fer­ence, on Sun­day

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PM Modi and CM Edap­padi K Palaniswami in Tirupur on Sun­day |

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