Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting four south Indian states in two days. During the visit, PM Modi will attend several events and lay the foundation stone of projects worth over Rs 25,000 crore.

PM Modi’s visit assumes significance less than six months before the assembly elections in Karnataka and amid the ongoing battle between the Centre-appointed governors and ruling parties in several states.

PM Modi has said that the purpose of this visit is to strengthen India’s development path. This visit of PM Modi is being seen as a counter to the Congress party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. A large number of people are reaching the Congress yatra that has been going on for two months and it is also discussed in the media.

“In the next 2 days, I will be visiting 4 southern states – Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana – to participate in various programmes aimed at strengthening India’s development trajectory,” Modi tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off South India’s first ‘Vande Bharat’ express train from Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (KSR) railway station in Bengaluru. This train will run between Mysore and Chennai via Bengaluru. The Prime Minister also flagged off the ‘Bharat Gaurav Kashi Darshan’ train, which will be run by the Muzrai department of Karnataka as part of the Railways’ ‘Bharat Gaurav’ train policy.

He also paid floral tributes at the statue of saint-poet Kanak Das and Maharishi Valmiki, the author of Ramayana, on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

He then inaugurated Terminal 2 of Kempegowda International airport in Bengaluru and unveiled a 108-foot bronze statue of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda at the airport.

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