After the end of the polling phase of the Lok Sabha election, all the parties have now started campaigning for the second phase. On behalf of Bharatiya Janata Party, PM Modi has been responsible for campaigning. PM Narendra Modi addressed election rally in Tamil Nadu. PM Modi with Chief Minister Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam were also present on the forum.
PM Modi is addressing rallies in Tamil Nadu day after Congress President Rahul Gandhi campaigned across the state. He is in the state to campaign for the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Tamil Nadu votes in a single phase on April 18. From Tamil Nadu, PM heads to neighbouring Karnataka, where he will address public gatherings in Mangalore and Bengaluru.
The Congress chief, who paid a visit to Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, will travel to Karnataka where he is expected to address three rallies. Mr Gandhi visited a memorial in Punjab’s Amritsar to pay tribute to the those who lost their lives in the massacre in Punjab’s Amritsar on 1919.
If Rahul Gandhi invoked Tamil pride and Dravidian legacy to target BJP’s Hindutva line, Modi today countered it by pointing to Tamil Nadu’s spiritualism, late AIADMK leaders MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa and the welfare of Srilankan Tamils.
Modi said: “I pay homage to the great MGR and Jayalalithaa ji. India is proud of these two iconic leaders who lived and worked for the poor. Their social welfare schemes ensured lakhs of people are free from poverty.”
BJP stood with people on the Lord Ayyappa issue, he said and hailed the state’s spiritual ethos by citing the famous hill shrine of Lord Shiva (Sundaramahalinga Swamy Temple) on Sathuragiri hills in the region.