PM Narendra Modi lays foundation for Sela Tunnel

Narendra Modi arrives to attend the Beating the Retreat ceremony in New Delhi

PM Narendra Modi lays foundation for Sela Tunnel

In Andhra Pradesh, Modi will dedicate Visakhapatnam Strategic Petroleum Reserve facility of Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Limited (ISPRL) to the nation.

Addressing a massive rally at Changsari near here, Prime Minister Modi said, "There is a difference between infiltration by those who want to have a stranglehold over the country and migration of those who had to flee to India to escape religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan". The foundation stone of NRL Bio Refinery at Numaligarh and a 729 km gas pipeline from Barauni - Guwahati passing through Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim & Assam was also laid by PM.

The prime minister said the 10 per cent quota would not affect the existing reservation for Scheduled Castes/Tribes and Other Backward Communities. 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.

"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.

"From the seas to the skies, the Congress has several scams associated with defence and, in the process, the party did not allow the modernisation of defence forces for long years that they were in power", Modi said at a rally in Tamil Nadu's Tiruppur. He also launched the modernisation and expansion works of Chennai and Trichy airport terminals.

Then, he will lay the foundation stone for setting up a new terminal of Bharat Petroleum Corp.

Modi's visit was part of a series of public meetings in the region aimed at garnering support for his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of Indian elections due by May. He said a defence corridor will bring industry and investment options and opportunities for the State's youth.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Modi said, projects worth 5,000 crore rupees have been inaugurated which will give an impetus to the government's vision of development for all.

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