In his second visit to the state in less than three weeks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked the grand anti-BJP alliance that has vowed to defeat the BJP in the 2019 Parliamentary polls. Calling the alliance an adulterated one to expand dynastic policies, he said that the opposition parties knew nothing of people’s poverty.
Alleging that the club of rich wants to expand dynasties, Modi, during his speech in Tirupur, said, “There was a very wise Minister from Tamil Nadu. You know who I am talking about? The Recounting Minister (P Chidambaram). The man who thinks all the knowledge in the world is there only in his brain.
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. Mr Recounting Minister, middle class does not need the taunts by you and the Congress. They have rejected you and will continue to do so.”
He lashed out at the Congress, saying it ignored the nation’s security during its tenure and alleged it was associated with several scams in the defence sector.
“From the seas to the skies, the Congress has several scams associated with the defence and in the process the party did not allow the modernisation of defence forces for long years that they were in power,” Modi said.
He said an army coup would never happen in India apparently referring to alleged planting of false stories that the army under the then chief V K Singh had planned such a move in 2011-12.
“Few days ago, the nation showed its utter disgust at a story of how a top UPA Minister kept pushing a narrative that our army will do a coup. Every Indian knows that our army can do no such thing, but look at the Congress attitude,” Modi said addressing a public rally in Tirupur.
He inaugurated the final stretch of Chennai Metro Rail Phase I, linking Washermenpet and AG-DMS, via video conferencing. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Sunday asked the Central government to sanction the second phase of the Chennai Metro Rail Project.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the text of which was released to the media, Palaniswami requested him to direct the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry to sanction the metro project’s Phase II under a 50:50 joint venture partnership between the Centre and the state governments as was done for Phase I.