PM Narendra Modi in Chennai: On late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary, PM Narendra Modi flagged off the state government scheme, Amma scooter which will provide a Rs 25,000 subsidy for women to buy two-wheelers. The scheme, which aims at providing 50 percent subsidy to all the working women to buy two-wheelers, was a pet project of Jayalalithaa. The launch of the Amma Two-wheeler Scheme has been timed to coincide with the birth anniversary of J Jayalalithaa who had first promised the 50 percent subsidy scheme in the run-up to the 2016 assembly elections. A total of 22,912 working women had reportedly submitted applications to avail subsidised vehicle under the Amma Two-Wheeler Scheme till last Saturday. Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam said at the Amma Two-wheeler scheme launch that the government of Tamil Nadu continues to be inspired by the principles of Amma. “This Amma two-wheeler scheme is proposed election manifesto by our Amma. PM Modi had close relationships with her,” Panneerselvam added.
PM Modi in Chennai to launch ‘Amma scooter scheme’, an ambitious scheme of later Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalithaa | 1 lakh working women to get scooters at subsidized rates. @Ahmedshabbir20 with more details. pic.twitter.com/J2e6ZtprJw
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Earlier today, a life-size statue of J Jayalalithaa was unveiled at the party headquarters in Chennai on her 70th birth anniversary, which was celebrated by party cadre across Tamil Nadu. Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, who are also AIADMK coordinators, unveiled the bronze statue of the late leader at the party headquarters here. They also launched the party’s official Tamil daily ‘Namadhu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma,’ (Our Revolutionary Leader Amma) on the occasion.
Meanwhile, PM Modi’s Chennai visit has fuelled the anticipation of a possible merger between the BJP and the AIADMK. The visit comes days after Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam triggered speculation by saying that the BJP’s top leadership had a role to play in the merger of the AIADMK’s two factions, one led by him and the other by Edapaddi k Palaniswami.
On Sunday, Prime Minister will be visiting Puducherry. He will offer floral tributes to Shri Aurobindo at Aurobindo Ashram and interact with students of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. He will also visit Auroville to release a commemorative postage stamp on the golden jubilee celebrations of Auroville followed by addressing a public meeting in Puducherry. On Sunday evening, PM Modi will be in Surat, Gujarat, for the flagging off of the ‘Run for New India Marathon’. According to an official statement, besides Tamil Nadu, the prime minister will also visit Daman, Puducherry and Gujarat in the next two days.