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Elections highlights: DMK-Congress meetings are like a corruption hackathons, alleges PM in Tamil Nadu

PM Modi also said that the government doesn't want small farmer to feel dependent on anyone or feel suffocated due to middlemen.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 26, 2021 8:08:18 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public rally in Tamil Nadu. (Source: Twitter/BJP4India)

Speaking in Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday alleged that the meetings between DMK and Congress are like “corruption hackathons”. “Their leaders sit and brainstorm how to loot,” he said.

Modi also said that the government doesn’t want small farmer to feel dependent on anyone or feel suffocated due to middlemen. “The PM Kisan scheme just completed 2 years yesterday. 11 crore farmers have gained from this scheme,” he added.

Earlier today, the prime minister also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various development projects in Puducherry. He inaugurated the projects at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research in the UT. He is also scheduled to lay the foundation stone of multiple infrastructure projects worth over Rs 12,400 crore in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore at around 4 pm. In the wake of the upcoming Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, the BJP has chalked out an extensive plan to woo small backward castes in the Dravidian state as part of its efforts to counter its image of an upper-caste dominated party from the Hindi heartland.

Meanwhile, addressing a public rally in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district Thursday, Union Home Ministers said that development in Assam in not possible without peace in the region.”There can be no development without peace. If people need employment, healthcare, education, home, and electricity, then it cannot be done by taking up arms,” he said.

Recently, over 1,000 militants of five militant groups of Karbi Anglong district had ceremonially laid down arms at an event in Guwahati in the presence of state Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

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Amit Shah addresses a rally in Assam, JP Nadda in Bengal; Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Read highlights below

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Both the leaders attempted to link the BJP to the cultural icons of the states while appealing to the distinct identities of the electorate and their sub-nationalist pride. (PTI)

19:53 (IST)25 Feb 2021
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The Hyderabad MP, whose party has decided to contest the polls in the eastern state, claimed permission was denied for the rally scheduled for Thursday without assigning any reason.

“You (Trinamool Congress Government) allow (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah to hold a public rally. You allow BJP to hold public rallies. Congress and Left hold rallies. But not MIM. Why?…” he asked. Read the full copy here. 

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19:09 (IST)25 Feb 2021
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Keen to wrest power from the ruling AIADMK in the forthcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, the DMK has started distributing application forms seeking aspirants wishing to contest the polls on the party’s symbol –the ‘rising sun’. The process of handing out application forms has been underway since February 17.

Sources said more than 5,000 applications have been distributed, so far. The party had, in a release, said those who wish to contest from general constituencies have to pay 25,000 rupees and those seeking to enter the fray from seats reserved for women or minorities would have to shell out Rs 15,000. Read our full report here.

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18:21 (IST)25 Feb 2021
DMK-Congress meetings are like a corruption hackathon: PM Modi 

"Meeting of DMK and Congress are like a corruption hackathon. Their leaders sit and brainstorm on how to look," Prime Minister Modi alleged during the rally.

18:18 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Entire Tamil Nadu knows how DMK treated Amma Jayalalitha Ji: Modi

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18:16 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Nation witnessing two distinct style of politics: PM Modi

In Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Modi said that the country is witnessing two distinct styles of politics–the opposition's misgovernance with corruption and NDA's governance with compassion.

18:15 (IST)25 Feb 2021
It has been our honor to work for small farmers: PM Modi

At the rally, PM Modi said: "It has been our honour to work for small farmers of India. From KCCs to Soil Health Cards, from e-NAM to an effective crop insurance scheme, we want to bring a paradigm shift in the Agri sector."

(Twitter/BJP4India)
18:08 (IST)25 Feb 2021
We don't want farmers to be dependent on middlemen: PM Modi in Tamil Nadu 

Speaking at a public rally in Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the government doesn't want small farmer to feel dependent on anyone or feel suffocated due to middlemen. "The PM Kisan scheme just completed 2 years yesterday. 11 crore farmers have gained from this scheme," he said.

17:15 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Tamil Nadu: PM Modi lays foundation stone of several development projects 

In Coimbatore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of several development projects.  "The foundation stone to modernise the Bhawani Sagar Dam is being laid. This will irrigate over 2 lakh acres of land. The district of Erode, Karur, Tiruppur will benefit from this. This project will be of great benefit for our farmers," Modi said.

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TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee Wednesday alleged that BJP's 'Sonar Bangla' slogan is part of the national anthem of Bangladesh. "BJP calls us Bangladeshi for chanting 'Jai Bangla', but its 'Sonar Bangla' slogan is part of the national anthem of Bangladesh," he was quoted saying by PTI.

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16:38 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Thankful to people of Bengal for supporting 'Poribortan Yatra': JP Nadda

Addressing a rally in West Bengal's Anandapuri, BJP president JP Nadda said, "I am happy that the people of Bengal have supported this journey and have vowed that they will overthrow Mamata Banerjee's government."

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In a tweet, Rahul Gandhi reiterated the need for an independent ministry dedicated to fisheries. "Dear PM, Fisherfolk need an independent and dedicated ministry of fisheries, not just a department within a ministry. PS- “Hum do Humare do” obviously hurt bad," he said.

16:25 (IST)25 Feb 2021
West Bengal: JP Nadda addresses 'Poribortan Yatra' in Andandapuri

BJP president JP Nadda is currently speaking at a 'Poribortan Yatra' in West Bengal's Anandapuri.

16:20 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Modi in Coimbatore: PM pays tribute to former CMs MG Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa

Soon after arriving in Coimbatore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to former Tamil Nadu Chief Ministers MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa.

16:16 (IST)25 Feb 2021
There can be no development without peace: Amit Shah in Assam

Addressing a public rally in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district Thursday, Union Home Ministers said that development in Assam in not possible without peace in the region. "There can be no development without peace. If people need employment, healthcare, education, home, and electricity, then it cannot be done by taking up arms,” he said. 

Recently, over 1,000 militants of five militant groups of Karbi Anglong district had ceremonially laid down arms at an event in Guwahati in the presence of state Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

15:59 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Nobody gave Bharat Ratna to Bhupen Hazarika for such a long time: Amit Shah in Assam

"There was Congress govt for such a long time but nobody gave Bharat Ratna to Bhupen Hazarika. PM Narendra Modi gave Bharat Ratna to Bhupen Hazarika who provided a distinct position to our music before the entire world," Amit Shah said to the crowd in Karbi Anglong.

(Source: (Twitter/BJP4India)
15:56 (IST)25 Feb 2021
PM Modi reaches Coimbatore

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Here he will lay the foundation stone of multiple infrastructure projects. 

15:53 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Congress ruled for so many years but did not develop Assam: Amit Shah

Addressing a public rally in Assam's Karbi Anglong, Union Home Minister Amit Shah trained guns at the Congress saying that it ruled for so many years but did not develop Assam. "Only when the majority govt of BJP came in Assam, development here progressed," he said.

15:43 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Watch: Amit Shah addresses public rally in Assam

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is currently addressing a public rally in Karbi Anglong, Assam.

13:19 (IST)25 Feb 2021

PM Modi addresses public meeting in Puducherry, attacks former Congress govt

Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, JP Nadda In the wake of the upcoming Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, the BJP has chalked out an extensive plan to woo small backward castes in the Dravidian state as part of its efforts to counter its image of an upper caste- dominated party from the Hindi heartland. (File Photo)

Modi would be on a day's visit to Puducherry on Thursday to unveil various Centrally sponsored projects at a function through video conference at the convention centre in JIPMER. He would then proceed to Lawspet to address a public meeting organised by the local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the context of the upcoming Assembly poll.

This would be Modi's second visit here. He had visited on February 25 in 2018 to participate in the golden jubilee of the formation of Auroville International project. All schools in the UT have been ordered to shut for the day in view of diversion of traffic for the prime minister's visit

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