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

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

Terming the opposition parties coming together as "maha milavat", adulterated club of the rich joining hands to promote their dynasties, Modi said the people of Tamil Nadu and India would reject them. "He is insulting the great culture of Andhra", said the Prime Minister.

This is PM Modi's first visit to the state after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) pulled out of the NDA following a fallout over the Special Category Status past year. Mr. Naidu had promised walking in the footsteps of NTR, Mr. Modi said and asked if the Chief Minister had lived by it.

"He keeps reminding me he is senior".

Invoking the legacy of NTR, Modi alleged the Andhra CM was insulting the TDPfounder, to which Naidu responded by saying, "personal attacks would beget personal attacks".

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.

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".

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Continuing his tirade against the Prime Minister, Naidu accused him of ruining the country.

"The chief minister here is everyone's punching bag".

The Chief Minister condemned BJP leaders complaint that the government obstructed people from attending the Guntur public meeting. Such a helpless government, such a helpless chief minister who is being challenged by anyone and everyone. "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.

Naidu and his cabinet members also stayed away from Modi's programmes while Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governor E S L Narasimhan received the Prime Minister at Gannavaram airport.

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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