Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who campaigned for the AIADMK-BJP alliance in Coimbatore on Tuesday evening, sought to connect with the local people by harping on the 1998 serial blasts, the Sabarimalai row, the Goods and Services Tax and the middle class.
He asked how the DMK could protect women in the State when they had mistreated former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. “The NDA government, on the other hand, has announced several measures like the Ujwala scheme, for women,” he said, starting his address in Tamil.
The PM, who sought votes for BJP Lok Sabha candidate C.P. Radhakrishnan (Coimbatore) and AIADMK nominees M.S.M. Anandan (Tiruppur), M. Thiagarajan (Nilgiris), C. Mahendran (Pollachi) and G. Manimaran (Erode), began his speech by paying obeisance to the Marudhamalai temple deity, saying, Marudhamalai Muruganukku Arohara.
He underlined his government’s commitment to national security and accused the opposition of having no plans in the sphere.
“Their attitude made India helpless in front of forces of terror for many years, when they were in power, innocent Indians had become targets of terrorists. Attacks happened in many cities, but the Congress did little,” he alleged.
Addressing the small traders, Modi said his party would support the MSME sector. “We reduced GST thrice based on the requests from MSME sector. We have also simplified the process. We have released subsidies worth Rs 7,000 crore to weavers to upgrade their machinery. About 2 lakh power looms have been upgraded of which 60 per cent are in Tamil Nadu,” he said.
Chidambaram’s bosses are also on bail now. The Congress and the DMK have never bothered about the middle classes. If the DMK and the Congress come to power, it will translate into more tax burden, the PM said.