Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of different welfare projects in Kanyakumari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said every Indian is proud of brave Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who hails from Tamil Nadu. Early in the day, the prime minister reached Kanyakumari to lay the foundation stones of several developmental projects which will play a significant role in enhancing rail and road connectivity throughout Tamil Nadu. These include the inauguration of two major railway projects and the Madurai-Chennai Tejas Express. Besides, Modi will be laying the foundation stones for the restoration of Rail Connectivity between Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi (17.20 km) at a cost of Rs 208 crore. He will also inaugurate the construction of a new bridge at Pamban Viaduct (2.05 Km) at a cost of Rs 250 crore. Laying of the foundation stone and flag off of train will be done by PM Modi through video-conferencing.
Here are the Highlights from PM Modi's speech in Kanyakumari:
Today we are fulfilling the dreams of Rajaji by creating an economy that is reform-oriented and people-friendly: PM Modi.
While we have come down heavily against the corrupt, we have rewarded the honest tax payers also. In the budge, we exempted income of up to 5 lakh from being taxed: PM Modi.
An arrogant Cabinet Minister said, "Zero loss to a scam worth lakhs of rupees". Some people see corruption as a way of life. This may be acceptable to them but not to me: PM Modi.
I want to tell them- Modi will come and go, India will remain. Please stop weakening India to strengthen your own politics: Narendra Modi.
Sadly, a few parties, guided by Modi hatred have started hating India.The world is supporting India’s fight against terror but a few parties suspect our fight against terror: PM Modi.
The events of the past few days have demonstrated yet again the strength of our armed forces.It has also brought our nation closer.The way the nation has supported our armed forces is extra-ordinary and I bow to every Indian for that: PM Modi.
26/11 happened, India expected action against terrorists but nothing happened.Uri happened and you saw what our brave men did.Pulwama happened and you saw what our brave men did.I salute all those who are serving the nation. Their vigilance keeps our nation secure: PM Modi.
There was a time when the news reports would read- Air Force wanted to do surgical strike after 26/11 but UPA blocked it.Today, we are in an era where the news reads- Armed forces have full freedom to do what they want: PM Modi.
India has been facing the menace of terrorism for years.But, there is a big difference now - India will no longer be helpless in the wake of terror.From 2004 to 2014 there were several terror attacks.The nation expected perpetrators to be punished but nothing happened: PM Modi.
Fishermen in the sea get help from the space. We have provided NAVIK device with the help of ISRO.This navigation device not only provides fishing zone but also weather related information: PM Modi.
The centre has released over Rs 300 crore towards construction of deep ship fishing vessel: PM Modi.
It's the NDA govt that had the honour of creating a new department for fisheries. The previous govt did nothing for the fishermen community: PM Modi.
People wanted honesty, not dynasty.People wanted development, not decay.People wanted progress, not policy paralysis.People wanted opportunities, not obstacles.People wanted security not stagnation.People wanted inclusive growth, not vote bank politics, says Modi.
In 2014, it was after thirty years that a party got a full majority in the Parliament. The people’s message was clear - they wanted a Govt that takes bold and tough decisions: PM Modi.
India of the 21st century has to work with speed and scale which is what the NDA govt is doing. Recently, PM Kisan yojana was launched which was announced in the budget: PM Modi.
The foundation stone of a railway line between Rameshwaram - Dhanushkodi has also been laid today.This line got damaged after the disaster of 1964 but for over fifty years, no attention was paid to this line, says the prime minister.
PM Narendra Modi at a rally in Kanyakumari: I have flagged off the fastest train Tejas between Madurai - Chennai and the train is a great example of 'Make in India,' having been manufactured in the Integral Coach factory of Chennai itself.
PM Narendra Modi in Kanyakumari: I am proud that India’s first woman Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is from Tamil Nadu.
PM Narendra Modi in Kanyakumari: Every Indian is proud that the brave Wing Commander Abhinandan is from Tamil Nadu.