Modi faces black flag protest on second consecutive day in Guwahati


Naidu will stage the "Dharma Porata Deeksha" (a day-long protest for justice) at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in the national capital from 8 am to 8 pm on February 11. He also inaugurated Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited's Vashishta and S1 development project located in the Krishna-Godavari Offshore Basin.

Then, he will lay the foundation stone for setting up a new terminal of Bharat Petroleum Corp. The protest demonstrations were staged in 13 districts by leaders and workers of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Congress, Left parties, student groups and mass organisations fighting for the special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

Addressing a gathering in Guntur, Mr Modi said the project is not only important for Andhra Pradesh but for the entire nation to meet its energy needs.

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"He wanted to make Andhra a sun-rise state but is busy in son-rise by promoting his son", said Modi, who was on his first visit to Andhra after the TDP pulled out of his government previous year, accusing the Prime Minister of not fulfilling the promises of Special Category Status and other commitments made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2014. He is weakening the states and constitutional institutions. "We will hold peaceful Gandhian protests with yellow and black shirts and balloons". The state-of-the-art, 100-bed hospital will cater to over one lakh workers and their families. He will also be going to lay the foundations of several projects in Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Assam.

In Karnataka, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of Indian Institute of Technology, and Indian Institute of Information Technology, Dharwad. Mr Modi also dedicated to the nation SPR facilities in Mangalore and Padur. He added that the slugfest seemed like an Olympics of hurling choices of abuses at him.

"The TDP leader who has to resist the arrogance of the Naamdaars (famous and powerful people) and crush their arrogance is siding with them", he said in an apparent swipe at Mr. Naidu joining hands with the Congress.