Chennai: Wooing state cadres, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted them by saying “Vanakkam”. He claimed to be extremely happy for the warm welcome he received from his supporters at the Chennai airport. Later, addressing IIT-Madras students during their convocation here on Monday, Modi said that the country is aspiring to become a $5 trillion economy by 2024. He notes that start-ups and innovation will play a crucial role in this. “Aiming, to achieve an easy solution to India’s problem and to make life easier, we are encouraging innovation,” said Modi.

He further added, “In front of me are both a mini-India and the spirit of New India. I can see the dreams of the future in your eyes and see the destiny of India. You are making India a more developed place. Most of the IITs are employed in corporate companies which is making the country more prosperous.” Modi said that the world has high expectations from our country and we will work to build the country to be useful.

Calling IIT-M a remarkable institution, the Prime Minister said that Tamil Nadu has a unique distinction and is the home to the oldest language in the world — Tamil. He continued to express his love for the language by praising Tamil in his speeches, striking a chord with the people. He also recalled his recent visit to the US and said he spoke about Tamil there.

The prime minister reached Chennai at 9.15 am on Monday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, senior BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan, H Raja and several ministers and MLAs from AIADMK welcomed the PM at the airport. While addressing the gathering at the airport, he urged that people should not encourage the usage of single-use plastic.

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