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