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Lok Sabha elections 2024: PM Modi addresses public meeting in Vellore, says 'DMK a family company'

Tamil Nadu will witness polling for all 39 parliamentary constituencies in the first phase of the general elections on April 19. In the previous general elections in 2019, the DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance secured a significant victory, winning 38 out of 39 seats in the state.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 Chennai Updated on: April 10, 2024 11:43 IST
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Image Source : X/@BJP4INDIA Lok Sabha elections 2024: PM Modi addresses a public meeting in Vellore.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a scathing critique of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) during a public rally in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, highlighting what he perceived as the party’s perpetuation of outdated politics and dynastic rule. PM Modi accused the DMK of hindering Tamil Nadu’s progress by adhering to entrenched familial and corrupt practices, asserting that the party’s leadership has created barriers for the state’s youth to advance. He criticised the DMK for prioritizing family connections, corruption, and fostering an anti-Tamil culture within its ranks.

PM Modi addressed a public meeting in Tamil Nadu's Vellore on Wednesday. Ahead of these engagements, PM Modi held a roadshow on Tuesday, gathering support for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the region. “We all need to unite to make India and Tamil Nadu ‘Viksit’ in the 21st century. The central government of the NDA has prepared the foundation of a developed nation in the last 10 years. You all must recall how India was seen before 2014. Our economy was weak, and only scam-related news used to be there,” said PM Modi while addressing a public gathering in Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

"...DMK wants to keep Tamil Nadu trapped in old thinking, old politics, the whole DMK has become a family company. Due to DMK's family politics, the youth of Tamil Nadu are not getting a chance to move ahead. There are three main criteria to contest elections from DMK and move ahead in DMK. Three main criteria are-family politics, corruption and anti-Tamil culture," said PM in Vellore.

Allegations of dynastic rule

Highlighting what he deemed as the DMK’s internal selection criteria, PM Modi suggested that the party’s path to advancement is primarily based on nepotism, corruption, and disregard for Tamil values. He urged voters to reject such practices and embrace a new era of governance focused on meritocracy and development.​

BJP’s intensified campaign in Tamil Nadu

The BJP has heightened its campaign efforts in Tamil Nadu, with top leaders participating in public rallies across the state. Recently, BJP National President JP Nadda held a roadshow in Tiruchirappalli, despite the initial denial of permission by local authorities, later allowed following a court directive.

Remarks by JP Nadda

Addressing a public gathering in Madurai on Sunday, Nadda criticised the I.N.D.I alliance, alleging corruption and criminal involvement among its leaders. He highlighted the alliance’s association with bail and jail terms, portraying BJP as the antidote to corruption.

Nationwide polling

The national elections, spanning 543 Lok Sabha seats, are scheduled in seven phases, commencing on April 19.

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