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Modi arrives in Andhra, protests staged

Modi arrives in Andhra, protests staged

Hours after China expressed its displeasure over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Ministry of External Affairs asserted that the state of Arunachal Pradesh is an "integral and inalienable part" of India.

The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of a permanent campus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) at Arunachal Pradesh.

The two projects the Prime Minister would dedicate to the nation include ONGC's Vasishta Gas Field in the Krishna-Godavari basin, set up at a cost of Rs 5,700 crore, and a storage facility of ISPRL, an undertaking of Petroleum Ministry, built at a cost of Rs 1,125 crore, the MP said. He said the PM's silence on the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal and reports on the possibility of India's biggest defence scam directly involving the PMO, speaks volumes about the BJP government's destructive decisions.

Huge hoardings from Gannavaram airport - where Modi will land at 10 am were put up along the National Highway up to Guntur, saying Modi, No Entry' while protests were organised in some parts of the state against the visit.

After Guntur, Modi will leave for Tiruppur in Tamil Nadu and will lay the foundation of various projects.

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The workers shouted slogans demanding implementation of special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi poses after the ceremonial reception for South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa at the forecourt of India's Rashtrapati Bhavan Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, January 25, 2019.

Modi's visit was part of a series of public meetings in the region aimed at garnering support for his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of Indian elections due by May. "They are doing mean things by grossly abusing power", he said.

"We are conducting the protest against Modi for not cooperating and cheating the people of AP and also for not implementing the Andhra Pradesh Bifurcation Act".