Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday slammed the Congress, saying it only did scams in defence sector and looted the country whereas his government achieved self sufficiency in the defence sector.
Modi visited Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Raichur in Karnataka and Tiruppur in Tamil Nadu.
Speaking at a public meeting in Tiruppur city, Modi said the NDA government had set up two defence corridors, one of which is in Tamil Nadu, which would bring industry and investment to the state and give options and opportunities to the youth.
“Those who ruled so far used the defence sector to loot. The previous Congress governments helped brokers. Every middlemen caught had a link with some or the other Congress leader,” he said, adding that Congress did not allow modernisation of the armed forces.
While the BJP implemented One Rank One Pension scheme for the armed forces, “unpardonable comments” were made against an army chief.
He said Congress leaders belittled soldiers and doubted the surgical strikes.
At the rally in Tiruppur, Modi targetted the Opposition and said, “Friends in the opposition are very funny”.
He also said middlemen are no longer roaming the corridors of power, a jibe at VVIP AgustaWestland helicopter accused Christian Michel.
In Andhra Pradesh, it was for the first time the Prime Minister was in the State after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) broke ties with the NDA government last year.
He was on a tri-state visit to Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu where he launched several development projects and kicked off the BJP’s Lok Sabha campaign.
Meanwhile, the TDP, Congress and Left parties carried out big protests across Andhra Pradesh. Hoardings saying ‘Go Back Modi’, ‘Never Again Modi’ were reportedly put up near the Vijayawada airport in Andhra Pradesh. But these were removed after the BJP protested.
Modi also unveiled development projects in Hubballi and Dharwad, twin cities in Karnataka.
He also addressed a BJP convention, as he laid the foundation stone of the Indian Institute of Technology, Dharwad and dedicated the city distribution project in Dharwad.
Later, Union Minister of State with Independent Charge in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted: “With the inauguration of another 10km stretch of Chennai Metro by PM @narendramodi today, the total length of metro network in the country has now reached 585 kms.”
“140 kms has now been inaugurated in 2018-19 alone, while another 60 kms will be operational by March ’19,” he stated in another tweet.
Meanwhile, the prime minister also said: Congress never leaves an opportunity to belittle our army. Few days ago, one of the Congress leader used inexcusable language for the Army chief.
He said by 2022, we are aiming to achieve housing for all and working in this direction 1.3 crore houses have already been built in the last four years
Today the entire world is talking about the development of India. This development is possible due to the strength and skill of the people of India, the Prime Minister said.
He said middlemen were no longer roaming the corridors of power.
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Friends in the opposition are very funny. They claim that that Modi government are a failure. The opposition still keep looking to make alliances. This is adulteration.
Opposition’s political culture of abusing PM Modi may give them some space in television but the elections are fought on one’s vision for the nation, not slander and attack.
The opposition is only good at spreading panic. Time and again they have tried to mislead the farmers, poor and youngsters of the nation, he added.