PM: Why form an opposition alliance if Modi is a failure?

PM: Why form an opposition alliance if Modi is a failure?

In a stinging attack on the JDS-Congress coalition in Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy heading a "helpless" government had become a "punching bag" and mocked opposition efforts to impose the same model on the country.

Hours after China expressed its displeasure over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Ministry of External Affairs asserted that the state of Arunachal Pradesh is an "integral and inalienable part" of India. Mr. Naidu had promised walking in the footsteps of NTR, Mr. Modi said and asked if the Chief Minister had lived by it.

Modi arrived at the Guwahati airport from Jalpaiguri in West Bengal in a special Indian Air Force plane and was received by governor Jagdish Mukhi, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and senior government officials. However, there were no protests near the venue of the rally addressed by Modi in Guntur.

Modi's attack on the coalition government comes amid the politically fluid situation in Karnataka, with BJP allegedly making aggressive attempts to topple the government and both ruling and opposition camps having kept their MLAs in resorts and hotels to stall the poaching bid. "They have come to our country and embraced the idea and ethos of Mother India", he said while assuring that no harm will be allowed to be caused to Assam and the rest of the North East because of the citizenship bill.

"We demand the prime minister announces tomorrow that the money taken by BJP leaders Mukul Roy (West Bengal) and Himanta Boswa Sarma in the Saradha ponzi scam be returned to the people", he added. Such a helpless government, such a helpless chief minister who is being challenged by anyone and everyone. "They say the Modi government is a failure", he said.

In Tamil Nadu, M K Stalin's Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which has backed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for the prime ministerial post, led the protests against Modi.

Naidu also called demonetisation a "mad Tughlaq act".

PM Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of projects worth Rs 4,000 crore and a dedicated Doordarshan channel named "DD Arun Prabha" to Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday.

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