Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

'Kamaraj Rule' In State: PM Recalls Tamil Heroes On First State Visit

'Kamaraj Rule' In State: PM Recalls Tamil Heroes On First State Visit

On Saturday, as PM Modi inaugurates projects across three Northeastern states including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura, anti-citizenship bill protesters took to the streets in the three states.

On the opposition attack on him, the Prime Minister said their "political culture of abusing Modi may give them some space in television but the elections are fought on one's vision for the nation, not slander and attack". "He is going ahead with the bill against the will of indigenous people but we will not tolerate this", said AASU Adviser Samujjal Bhattacharrya. "And that is why NTR decided to make AP Congress-mukt and floated the TDP", Modi said.

"The arrogance of Delhi (during the Congress rule) has always insulted States".

Naidu will stage the "Dharma Porata Deeksha" (a day-long protest for justice) at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in the national capital from 8 am to 8 pm on Monday. He said Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy had become a "punching bag".

All Assam Students' Union (Aasu) and KMSS activists led the anti-citizenship bill protests across Assam, burning effigies of Modi and waving black flags on Saturday.

Earlier in February past year, China had voiced its "firm opposition" to the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Arunachal Pradesh, saying that it would lodge a diplomatic protest with India.

This is PM Modi's first visit to the state after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) pulled out of the NDA following a fallout over the Special Category Status a year ago.

The Chandrababu Naidu-led party quit the BJP-led alliance protesting the "injustice" done to the state post-bifurcation. This is why the Naidu band of opposition parties, tainted in corruption, is gunning for me, " Modi said as he launched the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP)'s election campaign in Andhra Pradesh.

Giving the protocol a go-by, none of the state ministers turned up at the Gannavaram airport to formally receive the Prime Minister.

Commenting on the black balloon protests against him by TDP workers, Modi quipped he welcomed it recalling the tradition of smearing black to ward off evil designs.

"The chief minister's whole energy is spent on saving his seat from big Congress leaders", Modi said, referring to Kumaraswamy, who has often expressed his helplessness in the face of coalition pressures.

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