Modi launches developmental projects in Andhra amid protests

Narendra Modi arrives to attend the Beating the Retreat ceremony in New Delhi

The Andhra Pradesh government has hired two special trains to ferry people to New Delhi for Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu's protest against the Centre on February 11, officials said here on Saturday.

India should "take into consideration the two countries' relations, respect Chinese interests and concerns, cherish the momentum of improving relations, and not take any actions that will complicate the border dispute", she said. After a rally in Guntur, PM Modi will visit Tiruppur and Raichur later in the day.

PM Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of projects worth Rs 4,000 crore and a dedicated Doordarshan channel named "DD Arun Prabha" to Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday.

In New Delhi, Ministry of External Affairs reacted sharply to China's remarks, saying the state of Arunachal Pradesh is an "integral and inalienable part" of India.

Hua said "The Chinese government has never recognized the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh" and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit to the East Section of the China-India boundary" and said, "China's position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear-cut". 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.

Once operational, Hollongi Airport, which is being developed on a greenfield site, will have a 2.2km (1.4 mile) runway and provide direct flights to several major Indian cities.

He will also address a mass rally here.

"Our regular interactions have added significant strength to India-China ties", he had said. Modi has extended an invitation to Xi for another informal summit this year.

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.

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