Hubballi, Tirupur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday attacked the Congress, saying for the Opposition party the defence sector was only about brokering deals. "The TDP leader who has to resist the arrogance of the Naamdaars (famous and powerful people) and crush their arrogance is siding with them", he said in an apparent swipe at Mr. Naidu joining hands with the Congress.
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.
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.
This is Modi's first visit to Andhra Pradesh after the TDP pulled out of the BJP-led NDA previous year. "I will not keep quiet until my state gets its due".
Modi arrived at the Guwahati airport from Jalpaiguri in West Bengal in a special Indian Air Force plane and was received by governor Jagdish Mukhi, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and senior government officials.More news: Rep. Joe Kennedy III to endorse Elizabeth Warren for president
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"Citizenship is granted to someone after a thorough examination process and with the consent of the respective state governments", he said while stating that the BJP-led NDA government was fully committed to protect the identity and rights of indigenous people of North East. Every day he is getting threatened.
BJP leaders alleged that people were "thwarted" from reaching the venue in large numbers and said countdown would start for Naidu with Modi's rally at Guntur. Modern India requires a strong government, not 'helpless governments, ' he remarked.
"Everyone is involved in saving their seat", Modi said, adding that for the sake of power "MLAs are fighting at hotels and breaking their heads. But they are forming a big alliance to defeat Modi", he said.
In Tamil Nadu, M K Stalin's Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which has backed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for the prime ministerial post, led the protests against Modi.
Naidu, who had earlier welcomed demonetisation when it was announced on November 8, 2016, now called it a "mad Tughlaq act".