For Congress, defence sector is only about brokering deals, says PM

Referring to the protests by TDP cadre by wearing black shirts and releasing black balloons in protest against his visit, Mr Modi said "Whenever we launch a new assignment, we fear of evil. Time and again they have tried to mislead the farmers, poor and youngsters of the nation", the Prime Minister said while addressing a public rally here.

He accused opposition political parties, especially the Congress, of fuelling protest against the bill through a misinformation campaign.

"The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh" and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit", Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a statement.

Mr. Modi went on to say that the Centre had given huge financial assistance to Andhra Pradesh. The state is going to hold state Assembly elections along with 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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. He also criticised Chief Minister and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu, saying he has made a U-turn on promises of development by not using central funds in an appropriate way.

Following his engagements in Andhra, the prime minister headed to Tiruppur in Tamil Nadu where he inaugurated a new integrated building at Trichy airport. "For them, it was just a sector of deals and supporting their own friends", he said. No middlemen roam around in the corridors of power now, which was not the case with the earlier Congress-led governments, he added.

Criticising the Congress for its attitude towards the Indian Army, the prime minister raked up the 2016 surgical strike conducted across the Line of Control.

Modi's attack on the coalition government comes amid the politically fluid situation in Karnataka, with BJP allegedly making aggressive attempts to topple the government and both ruling and opposition camps having kept their MLAs in resorts and hotels to stall the poaching bid. The prime minister said that the National Democratic Alliance government's aim was to ensure 100% electrification of all households in the country under the Saubhagya programme.

Vanessa Coleman

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