Hitting back at the corruption allegations levelled by Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attacked the Congress chief, saying it had hampered the defence preparedness while his government had taken "bold decisions" to meet critical requirements referring to the Rs 60,000 crore Rafale plane deal.
Chennai: A different kind of welcome and roadshow awaited Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai on Thursday morning where he has arrived to inaugurate DefExpo.
The Prime Minister told that the Standard Operating Procedure for issue of export authorizations has been simplified and put in public domain. "More than 40 countries have sent their official delegations as well", PM Modi said. "In less than four years, we have issued 794 more export permissions, for a total value of over $1.3 billion", he said. Along with the Prime Minister and the party chief, several BJP MPs will also join the fast observation.
Modi also launched a new scheme "Innovation for Defence Excellence" to link young innovators to defence agencies as part of the government's efforts to boost and modernise India's fledgeling military manufacturing sector.
Ms Sitharaman said that policies with regarding to manufacture and procurement of defence equipments were reviewed and made simple.
Kant said Bijapur was chosen for the Prime Minister's visit over Bahraich because it had a "better action plan for its transformation". "The corridors will become engines of economic development and growth of defence industrial base", the PM said.
India is a land of glorious maritime legacy, and Tamil Nadu has been at the forefront of that legacy. "He has done injustice to Tamil Nadu", he said. "People are more important than elections", says Haasan, urging the PM to ensure that the Supreme Court verdict on the matter is implemented in time. He took a chopper from the Airport to reach Mamallapuram from where he travelled by vehicle to reach Tiruvidandhai where the Expo is being organized. "But I will continue my work".
Some opposition parties and pro-Tamil outfits in Tamil Nadu hold black flag protests against the Prime Minister's visit to the state today. Security has been tightened outside the Chennai airport ahead of PM Modi's arrival.