The Tamil Nadu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday on September 17 by presenting gold rings to the newborns and distributing 720 kilograms of fish, among other plans. Replying to a query about the cost of the initiative, minister of state in-charge of fisheries and information and broadcasting, L Murugan said, “It will be about 2-gm gold per ring which is about ₹5000." Under it, the activities involve blood donation and medical check up camps among others.
Referring to the continued ancient flow of Indian consciousness, PM Narendra Modi said that India is not just a land mass but is an expression of civilisation, culture, harmony and possibilities. Modi said many other civilisations perished as they could not adapt to the changing times, but Indian civilisation has endured for thousands of years.
Amid this controversy, SP Maurya met Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday and later told reporters that the former will “make a statement at the right time”, ANI quoted him as saying. Though Yadav has not spoken about the matter, it is believed that he is unhappy over Maurya's remarks. Several SP MLAs have distanced themselves from Maurya.