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Modi meets Pawan Kalyan, leader of BJP ally Jana Sena, in AP

The relations between the two parties turned sore. Of late, Kalyan had been complaining about the state leadership and BJP’s failure to come up with a roadmap.

Statesman News Service |

Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Visakhapatnam. The half-an-hour long meeting assumes political significance in the wake of the relationship of his party with ally BJP turning sore. Of late, Kalyan had been complaining about the state leadership and BJP’s failure to come up with a roadmap.

Pawan Kalyan is taking on the YSRCP and Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy head on after his outreach programme was cancelled by the police in Vizag on 15 October. TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu had then met Kalyan and the latter gave a call to all political parties including BJP to dislodge the YSRCP government in order to save democracy.

Incidentally, Pawan Kalyan was not invited during the previous visit of Modi to Andhra Pradesh in June this year. Although he will not be at tomorrow’s rally either the one on one meeting should assuage the hurt felt by Jana Sena leaders and supporters.

Meanwhile, the prime minister was received at the naval air station by Governor Biswa Bhushan Harichandan and chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Later the Prime Minister was accorded a rousing reception during the roadshow by the public who waited for him enroute to INS Chola guesthouse.

Tomorrow the Prime Minister will unveil a total of nine projects. He will dedicate ONGC’s U field onshore deep water block project to the nation and lay the foundation stone for GAIL’s Srikakulam Angul Natural Gas Pipeline project to be built at more than 2650 crore.

He will also lay the foundation stone for redevelopment of Visakhapatnam Railway Station at the cost Rs 450 crores and the 6 lane Greenfield Raipur-Visakhapatnam Economic Corridor at a cost of Rs3750 crore.

The corridor will provide faster connectivity between Industrial Nodes of Chhattisgarh and Odisha to Visakhapatnam port and Chennai- Kolkata Highway which will improve the connectivity to tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.