On Monday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that he was not against the “use of plastic but was against single-use plastic”. 

PM Modi was addressing party workers, who arrived in Chennai Airport to receive him from there, adding that “I am not saying the use of plastic should be stopped. What I said ‘single-use plastic’ should be stopped.

He continued that the message against ‘single-use plastic’ should be taken to the people across the nation, during the “padayatra” to be undertaken as a part of the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. 

PM Modi further said that “it is always a delight to be back in Chennai. ‘Chennai Makkallaii Santhippathil Magizhchi’ – happy to meet people of Chennai.”

Hence, it is his first visit to Tamil Nadu after the 2019 Lok Sabha Election’s win. PM Modi continued that his mention of a Tamil Poet Kaniyan Pungundranar’s speech has gathered headlines in the US media. 

During his remarks at the 75th United Nations General Assembly, the Indian Prime Minister has highlighted the nation’s message of inclusiveness, quoted Mr. Pungundranar who lived around 3000-years-ago, “We belong to all places and we belong to everyone.”

“The sense of belonging beyond borders is unique to India,” said PM Modi. 

He visited Chennai to attend the 56th Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Insititute of Technology Madra and also to participate in the prize distribution ceremony of the Singapore-India Hackathon 2019 at the IIT. 

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