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Narendra Modi on fast, urges other lawmakers to do the same

15 April 2018

PM Modi at the inauguration ceremony of Defence Expo2018 in Mahabalipuram, TamilNadu lauded the success of the event as 500 Indian companies along with 150 foreign companies are participating. "However, peace is preferable to war".

"Our commitment to peace is as strong as our commitment to protecting our people & our territory".

The Prime Minister's comments can be seen in the light of the relations between India and China, who have 3,488 km of un-demarcated boundary along the Himalayan ridgeline and the repeated attempts by Pakistan to foment trouble in Jammu and Kashmir.

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"Our government has put an end to the culture of keeping files pending...the government is completing every mission, fulfilled every promise made to the people of the country, but some of our opponents are working to break up society", said Mr. Modi.

India is an emerging defence manufacturing hub, says the PM in Thiruvidanthai. The move will adversely affect all the southern states, with Tamil Nadu, estimated to lose at least Rs 40,000 crore per year. This is the land of our glorious maritime legacy. Parties in Tamil Nadu, protesting over the non-formation of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) were seen waving the flags near the airport in Alandur area of Chennai.

Stating that the two defence industrial corridors, including the one in Tamil Nadu, will utilise the existing defence manufacturing ecosystem in these regions, and further build upon it, he said these corridors would become the engines of economic development and growth of defence industrial base in the country. The court had given the Centre six weeks to frame the scheme on the verdict.

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Black flags were waved and "Go back Modi" slogans raised as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Chennai to attend the Defence Expo 2018.

Modi was received at the Chennai airport by governor Banwarilal Purohit, defence minister Nirmala Seetharaman, chief minister Edapaddi Palaniwami, deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and senior officials.

The BJP's fast comes days after Congress President Rahul Gandhi led the party's day-long fast at the Rajghat here on Monday over alleged increasing atrocities on Dalits, adivasis, and minorities marked by controversies as 1984 anti-Sikh riots accused Congress leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar were asked to leave the Rajghat before Rahul Gandhi's arrival.

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"We would assemble at airport at 9 am and show black flags". PM Modi's drive here would only be inside the premises.

Narendra Modi on fast, urges other lawmakers to do the same