Tirupur, Feb 11:
Prime Minister Modi yesterday inaugurated the last leg of the Chennai metro rail’s blueline and declared six underground metro stations open through video-conferencing.
In the presence of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minsiter O Panneerselvam and Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Mr. Modi flagged off Chennai Metro’s passenger services.
The Prime Minister also laid a foundation stone for modernisation of Chennai International Airport, (Phase-II), a new integrated terminal building at Tiruchirappalli airport, and a 100-bedded ESI hospital in Tirupur.
Modi also dedicated BPCL Ennore Coastal installation — state-of-the-art and fully automated oil storage and distribution facilities, with a project cost of Rs.393 crore and a crude oil pipline from Chennai Port to Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limted’s Manali refinery.
Invoking the memories of freedom fighters Tirupur Kumaran and Dheeran Chinnamalai, the Prime Minister termed Tirupur the ‘land of enterprise, dedication and hard work of Kongu brothers and sisters.’ In a thinly veiled attack at former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the Prime Minister said, “There was a very wise Minister from Tamil Nadu. You know who I am talking about? The Recounting Minister. The man who thinks all the knowledge in the world is there only in his brain.
In his typical arrogance, he said, why is the middle class so worried about price rise? They buy such expensive ice cream and mineral water.
Mr Recounting Minister, middle class does not need the taunts by you and the Congress. They have rejected you and will continue to do so.”He was referring to Chidambaram’s comments on middle classes cribbing about price rise as they were buying mineral water for Rs 15 and ice cream for Rs 20.
Stating that parties that are now part of the grand anti-BJP alliance led by the Congress are a club of rich people, PM Modi asked, “What is the agenda of the so-called alliance? What is the issue they are fighting? Nobody knows. Because their guns are only aimed at Modi. This is adulteration and the people of Tamil Nadu know the health sector very well. Can they ever accept an adulterated product? It is a club of rich people trying to promote their dynasties. They neither understand poverty, nor they have the vision to serve the poor.”
Surprisingly, the Prime Minister invoked late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Kamaraj and lifelong Congressman to say that the current central government, too, had a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption. He also remarked that much of the merchandise carrying ‘NaMo again’ messages were manufactured in Tirupur.