BJP Trichy rally: As it happened

Hours before Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Trichy, protests broke outside the collectorrate on Thursday. As per reports, around 100 protestors have been rounded up by the Trichy police.

Zee Media Bureau/Ajith Vijay Kumar and Kamna Arora

7:25 pm: Narendra Modi concludes his speech.

7:23 pm: Modi thanks Tamil Nadu crowd for giving him new strength to him as well as his party.

7:22 pm: We will not break the faith you have bestowed upon us. Whatever strength we have, we will use for your welfare, Modi tells crowd.

7:21 pm: Those who know Tamil Nadu politics as well as India politics, can make out that change is coming.

7:19 pm: I have visited Tamil Nadu earlier too, but have never seen such huge gathering in my whole political career.

7:18 pm: Free nation from Congress and those associated with it, says Narendra Modi.

7:17 pm: More than you and me, if someone knows the Congress better, it is Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi`s dream was that the Congress be disbanded and we have to make this dream a reality, asserts Modi.

7:16 pm: We have to save the nation and if we want to take it ahead, we need Mukti from this divisive Congress.

7:15 pm:Congress divided people on the basis of caste and created rifts. Their divisive thoughts separated villages from cities and made the former fight with the latter.

7:14 pm: Every citizen fought together in 1857, but under Congress, Hindu and Muslims were divided: Narendra Modi

7:12 pm: For water, the divisive Congress made one state fight against the other. In the name of language, Congress made the nation fight and divided it.

7:10 pm: Man Se, Vachan Se, Karm Se Congress divisive hai. Congress also divided administration, underlines Modi. There is separate status for Kashmir because of Congress.

7:09 pm: When the SC raised these points, the PM must tell nation that did all states and departments approve Aadhar? But you just spent huge money. You need to answer nation for that.

7:08 pm: What the Supreme Court said today, I raised the similar point three years ago. I told him to convene a National Security Card meeting, consult Chief Ministers, but he did nothing.

7:07 pm: I made a point that Gujarat is a border state. If you keep dolling out Aadhar cards like this, illegal immigrants will get an upper hand.

7:06 pm: Two days ago, a Supreme Court judgement came on Aadhar, which rebuked the government. The government had been touting the scheme as its big achievement. Nation wants to know from the PM how much money was spent on Aadhar card? Who gained from it? What about the questions the SC raised?

7:05 pm: Can we not change all this? They only want to do things where there is corruption. Things of public welfare do not interest them (government), says Modi.

7:04 pm: Due to the government`s policies, plants producing 20,000 MW of power are not functioning because there is no coal and gas, says Modi.

7:03 pm: My young friends, avow that you want a life of dignity where you get work: Narendra Modi

7:02 pm: Those lakhs and crores of small industries must be encouraged so that our youth get jobs and they do not have to bow in front of anyone, says Modi.

7:01 pm: At the centre of our roadmap for development must be the youth, their talent must serve the nation: Narendra Modi

7:00 pm: The big industrialists are losing the bank money, but have you ever seen their photographs in the newspapers? But the photograph of a small businessman, who can`t return Rs 1-2 lakh, is published in the newspapers and he is driven to suicide.

6:58 pm: Due to the policies of the Centre, all our industries are shutting down. Look at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited in Trichy and the ancillary units that are shutting down. The govt in Delhi wants to please the rich industrialists and harass small-scale units.

6:56 pm: Experts are saying that if this situation persists for next five years, crores of youth will be unemployed, underlines Modi.

6:55 pm: There is a government that has weakened the Rupee. If this goes on, we will need a microscope to find the Rupee - Modi

6:54 pm: There is a Government in Delhi that has weakened our economy, rendered it useless, says Modi.

6:53 pm: We have a Government due to which our women are unsafe, our Jawans are unsafe, our fishermen are not safe. Our first job is to remove this government that has created this atmosphere of insecurity.

6:51 pm: Mr Prime Minister, you are in USA. The nation wants to know your priority - Is it nation`s pride and respecting the blood of martyrs or is it to show keenness to talk to Pakistan under pressure from other countries, asks Modi.

6:49 pm: Edward Snowden was accused of leaking intelligence secrets. The American government wanted to arrest him. Russia gave shelter to Snowden but US President Barack Obama showed his strength and cancelled his trip to Russia.

6:47 pm:I want to mention two facts. Brazil got to know about the US surveillance activities and refused to meet an American delegation. Is it not a matter of pride what their Government did for the nation, asks Modi.

6:46 pm: Pradhan Mantri ji (Mr Prime Minister), this is not mine or BJP`s voice, this is the voice of the youth of Trichy.

6:45 pm: I want to ask you and need and answer - our soldiers, innocent people have been killed. Terror strikes are troubling us. Is this the time for the PM to be in a hurry to talk to Pakistan? Crowd says no.

6:44 pm: Every citizen asks are we so weak that our neighbours can do what they want and we keep our eyes shut and don`t react, says Modi.

6:43 pm: What is the reason that Pakistani troops kill our jawans on the border and the government in Delhi cites protocol to feed the Pakistani PM biryani?

6:42 pm: (India) A nation of 125 crore. I am shocked that people from Italy can come and kill fishermen off the Kerala coast. The Pakistani Army can behead Indian soldiers: Narendra Modi

6:41 pm: One feels sad and angry that there is such government in Delhi that more soldiers have been killed by terrorists` bullets than in war, says Modi.

6:40 pm: If Gandhi ji is from Gujarat, Raja ji is from Tamil Nadu. When Gandhi ji started Dandi March, a march from Trichy started for making salt, exhorts Modi.

6:38 pm: Gujarat is a cotton growing state and Tamil Nadu is a state that consumes maximum cotton from Gujarat - Modi in Trichy

6:37 pm: Now Pakistan even keeps the boats of fishermen and uses it to trouble India.

6:36 pm: Pakistan is taking so many fishermen, keeping them in jails and torturing them. Same goes for Sri Lanka. This is because neighbours take us for granted.
6:35 pm: Be it Gujarat or Tamil Nadu, Kerala or Karnataka, we have to protect our fishermen and for that the first thing we have to do is to remove this weak Government.

6:34 pm: Modi notes that as coastal and border state, we have similar problems. Gujarat fishermen (with Pakistan) and Tamil Nadu fishermen (with Sri Lanka) face similar problems. Delhi does nothing.

6:33 pm: People of Tamil Nadu and Gujarat have mingled with each other like sugar and milk without any problems with each other - Modi

6:32 pm: While you have a mini-Gujarat Sahukar Pet, we have a mini-Tamil Nadu in Maninagar, my seat, says Modi.

6:31 pm: Tamil Nadu and Gujarat share many common features. Both states played leading role in freedom struggle, says Modi. As Tamils came to Gujarat to make it Manchester of India, Saurashtrians contributed in Tamil Nadu.

6:30 pm: Modi praises Sangam literature and says he`s inclined towards it.

6:29 pm: Products of Tamil Nadu competent in national and international market. Top software companies and many masterminds are from Tamil Nadu, says Modi.

6:28 pm: Due to hard work and dedication of the people, Tamil Nadu is one of the most advanced states in the nation, says Modi.

6:26 pm: For Tamil people, workplace is worship place. Tamil is not only one of oldest languages but also one of the few living ancient languages, adds Modi.

6:25 pm: With the help of a translator, Narendra Modi hails Tamils are hard working, sincere, royal and loyal.

6:22 pm: Tamil is such a beautiful language, it is as sweet as honey, says Modi in Tamil.

6:21 pm: Some days back, there was an attack in Nairobi. So many Indians lost their lives. I request two minutes silence for those who lost their lives, says Modi.

6:20 pm: Before I begin, I want to talk about something. Today terrorist attacked our security forces, Jawans were killed, says Modi.

6:19 pm:: Greeted with loud cheers, Narendra Modi begins addressing the youth convention of the party at G-corner grounds. It is Modi’s first visit to Tamil Nadu after he was anointed as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

6:18 pm: Singh ends his speech, saying Congress will try its best to stop our strongman Modi by misusing its power.

6:04 pm: Congress has adopted the British divide and rule policy and is trying to divide the country on communal lines, says Singh.

6:02 pm: Promising a corruption-free government, Singh said the BJP does not want votes or support due to sense of fear but wants to instil confidence.

6:01 pm: During the NDA Government we did not let inflation rise. None of our Ministers were corrupt. See what is happened now. Congress has successfully created a record in corruption, says Singh.

6:00 pm: The BJP has always expressed concerns for the problems of the youth. The nation has seen the work of the NDA Government, says Modi.

5:59 pm: The BJP president urges youngsters to register themselves as voters, says it is important if we want to bring change.

5:58 pm: The youth population will increase. For some it can be a burden but not for BJP. For us it is an asset, added Singh.

5:56 pm: Youth must dream and be the harbinger of change, says BJP president Rajnath Singh at the BJP Youth Conference in Trichy.

5:55 pm: Rajnath Singh begins his speech, says huge gathering here is due to the `Modi Storm` in Trichy.

Hours before Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Trichy, protests broke outside the Collectorate. As per reports, around 100 protestors were rounded up by the Trichy police.

Hoax call - Tamil Nadu Police confirm that they had received a call yesterday night stating that a bomb had been planted at the dais, however, no bomb could be found after a thorough search of the entire area.
Besides Narendra Modi, a host of other BJP leaders including party president Rajnath Singh will present at the Youth Rally at G-corner grounds in the city.

The theme of the rally is "From Rock Fort to Red Fort". Rock Fort is the most famous landmark of Tiruchirapalli. Going with the theme, the stage has been fashioned as Delhi’s Red Fort.

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