Congress​ takes swipe at PM Narendra Modi plogging on beach at Mamallapuram

On Saturday Modi was seen picking up plastic litter,water bottles and other waste from a beach during his morning walk.

Published: 13th October 2019 02:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th October 2019 02:27 PM   |  A+A-

On Saturday Modi was seen picking up plastic litter,water bottles and other waste from a beach during his morning walk.

On Saturday Modi was seen picking up plastic litter,water bottles and other waste from a beach during his morning walk. (Photo | Narendra Modi Twitter)

By PTI

CHENNAI: The Congress' Tamil Nadu unit on Sunday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi plogging on the beach at Mamallapuram on Saturday,wondering if it was a 'drama' since the entire area had been cleaned up earlier ahead of his visit here.

Modi had visited the coastal town of Mamallapuram, located about 50 km from here, to attend his second informal meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday and Saturday.

Plogging means picking up trash such as used plastic bottles while jogging or running.

On Saturday Modi was seen picking up plastic litter,water bottles and other waste from a beach during his morning walk.

He had released a three-minute video on Twitter, where he was seen plogging on and urged the people to ensure that public places were clean and tidy.

On Sunday, TNCC President K S Alagiri welcomed the two leaders meeting at Mamallapuram and visiting UNESCO heritage sites, saying it reflected Tamil Nadu's pride.

Referring to the three-minute video by Modi, Alagiri said the Prime Minister showed his keenness in the Swachch Bharat initiative by doing so.

However, he pointed out that since Modi's visit was planned in advance, all sanitation work had been diligently carried out at the hotel zone where he stayed, even as the beach had been cleaned by conservancy staff using machines.

"After (all) this, there is no chance of the area getting littered. Then how did suddenly waste emerge during his (morning) walk?. If there indeed had been litter, doesn't it show the state government's apathy," Alagiri said in a statement.

"Was litter thrown there to stage a drama by Prime Minister Modi of picking the waste?," he asked.

During his speech on Independence Day this year, Modi had announced a campaign to make the country free of single-use plastic.

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for a clean India, launched in 2014, has been his pet programme.

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