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Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked the people of Bihar to vote for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the ongoing assembly polls, and said the Grand Alliance’s win will lead to the state’s destruction.

Attacking Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, he said:

“Jungle raj has got a new twin brother – jantar mantar. Don’t let them come together or there will be nothing but destruction.”

Modi was addressing an election rally in Madhubani district – famous for its Madhubani painting – even as voting in the fourth and penultimate phase of the assembly elections is underway in 55 constituencies.

Earlier in a tweet, the prime minister said the people of Bihar see the NDA as a “ray of hope”. “Atmosphere in Bihar indicates people want change. The people see the NDA as a ray of hope….”

He also appealed to voters, particularly the youth, to vote in large numbers. “Your condition and the state’s poor condition cannot be changed without changing the government,” Modi said.

Besides Madhubani, Modi is scheduled to campaign in Madhepura and Katihar districts on Sunday.

“Nitish Kumar is tired and defeated, that it why he is going to Babas. They are making fun of democracy. If you don’t have electricity at home, will it come by doing jantar mantar?”

“Water, employment, no teacher, education – will all this come through jantar mantar,” he asked the people in Madhubani.

Modi said the NDA would form the government in Bihar on November 8 and would listen and try to solve all problems of the people.

The prime minister said some women from Bihar’s Karpuri village sent him a memorandum that nobody in the state government was ready to listen to their problems.

“Look at the state of Bihar – there is no one to listen to the poor.”

Modi said the women, who expressed their anguish in the memorandum, have not received education and can’t write. “The state where the voice of Nalanda boomed across the world, women born after independence still cannot write.”

He also targeted Congress president Sonia Gandhi, whose party is a part of the Grand Alliance along with the Janata Dal-United and the Rashtriya Janata Dal.

“Madam Sonia ji, you ruled (Bihar) for 35 years, Lalu ji, Nitish ji you ruled for 25 years, this is proof of your negligence.”

Modi said Bihar needs two engines to come out of the hole of backwardness – one from Patna and the other from Delhi.

“You have given one engine in Delhi, give us another one in Patna to bring the state out of its poor condition.”

Modi has also given a new definition of Bihar – brilliant, innovative, hardworking, action oriented and resourceful.

The polls to the 243-member Bihar assembly started on October 12. The final, fifth round of elections will be held on November 5.

The counting of votes is slated for November 8.

(IANS)

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Waves of black as Modi visits Chennai

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre

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Black flags and balloons and activists in black shirts and trousers greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he paid a whirlwind visit to Chennai with helicopter as the chosen mode of transport in the wake of statewide agitation demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

Protests were also held with black flags and placards throughout Tamil Nadu in cities like Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Tuticorin against the Prime Minister’s brief visit to the state and the Centre’s failure to constitute the CMB despite a Supreme Court order. Black flags were hoisted on homes and business establishments across the state.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
Narendra Modi welcomed with black flags in chennai.

In a bid to avoid protesters, Modi, who arrived here by a special aircraft in the morning, chose a helicopter to reach Tiruvidanthai, in neighbouring Kanchipuram district where he opened the 10th DefExpo organised by the Defence Ministry. From there he took another chopper to come to IIT Madras, in the heart of the city. From there, he took a one-kilometre ride by car to the neighbouring Adyar Cancer Institute for an event.

The Prime Minister walked a few steps from the helicopter to the car that ferried him to the Cancer Institute. As he did so, he encountered some 30 students from IIT Madras who stood silently but held posters demanding a Cauvery Management Board as ordered by the Supreme Court — an issue which has whipped up emotions in Tamil Nadu. Modi then left by helicopter to the airport before returning to Delhi.

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#Go back Modi trended on top as netizens took to the cyberspace to register their protest against the Central government’s failure to set up the CMB as directed by the Supreme Court to ensure proper sharing of Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and other states.

DMK leader M.K. Stalin, who was on a padayatra of the Cauvery delta areas, wore black shirt and trousers as he protested along with state Congress President Thirunavukkarasar and CPI-M state unit chief Mutharasan. “The Prime Minister may be flying in the air today but he has to come down when the elections come,” he said taking a dig at Modi.

A black flag was hoisted at DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s residence. The ailing leader wore a black shirt. DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and leaders of DMK allies wore black dress and marched on the road near the Chennai airport.

In the morning outside the Chennai airport, activists of the Federation for protection of Tamil Art and Culture, led by noted film director Bharatiraja and other film personalities like Amir, Gautaman and Vetrimaran protested against Modi’s visit. They were arrested.

will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons
Cauvery River Dispute is going on for a while now. Wikimedia Commons

While MDMK chief Vaiko held a black flag protest in Velachery, Naam Thamizhar Katch convenor Seeman, a film director, was arrested elsewhere. Vaiko called Modi a “coward” for choosing to fly. Political leaders Velmurugan and P. Nedumaran were arrested from Alandur metro station in Chennai for holding black flag protests.

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre, saying the BJP was interested only in winning the Assembly elections in Karnataka. Even the hugely-popular IPL cricket matches have been shifted out of Chennai to Pune in view of the disturbances on Tuesday. IANS