Kancheepuram: After visiting Bengaluru and Kalaburagi in Karnataka, Prime Minister flew to Tamil Nadu. There, just like in Karnataka, he launched several schemes to benefit the poor. 

Later, he addressed a massive gathering at Kancheepuram. Keeping in mind the history of this small town known for its textiles, Modi said that his government gave a subsidy of Rs 7,000 crore for weavers. And for the upgradation of power looms, Modi said that Rs 1.24 lakh crore of this amount was released for the upgradation of power looms in Tamil Nadu alone. 

Tourism is one of the most important ways for earning revenues. Modi said that from the year 2014 to 2017, there was a 42% increase in the influx of tourists to Tamil Nadu, whereas the exchange earnings had increased by a phenomenal 50%. The PM went on to say that his government had been working on e-visa facilities and tourism-bettering prospects, keeping in mind that it helps increase economy of a nation, thereby leading better living prospects of several of its citizens. 

Turning his attention to the defence sector, PM Modi said it was his government’s desire to make India a hub for defence production, and therefore, his government has given permission to set up one defence hub in Tamil Nadu, which would also increase job opportunities for youngsters. 

In any of his speeches, the PM doesn’t miss out on an opportunity to hit out at the Congress. Accusing it of ‘family first’ politics, he said Congress was the party that had used Article 356 the most in order to dismiss governments that did not fall in its line. Taking the examples of MGR and K Kamraj, Modi criticised the Congress for its dominating trait. 

Keeping these things in mind, Modi said regional parties play a key role in a country and by voting for the Congress, a culture of taking decisions in New Delhi in relation to regional matters would be encouraged.