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Our share of river waters will no more go to Pakistan: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally at Kurukshetra on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Akhilesh Kumar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India would put to use its share of water from the rivers flowing to Pakistan and ensure that every single drop is used for country's farmer. The work on this had started.

Mr. Modi, who was addressing an election rally at Charkhi Dadri in Haryana, said the river waters that rightfully belonged to India had been flowing to Pakistan for the last 70 years. It would not happen any more.

“For the last 70 years, the waters that belonged to India and farmers of Haryana were going to Pakistan. Modi will stop it and bring it to your households,” he said.

“This water belongs to farmers of Haryana, Rajasthan and the country and we will get it.. Work towards realisation of this has been started and I am committed towards it. Modi will fight your battle,” he asserted. 

Abrogation of Article 370

Taking a dig at the Congress on the abrogation of Article 370, Mr. Modi said few Congress leaders were spreading rumours across the globe. “I want to tell them that they are free to abuse me... they can import abuses from Bangkok, Thailand or Vietnam and hurl at me, but they should stop backstabbing Hindustan,” he stated.

The Congress and other Opposition parties, which were against the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, should come out, if they have the courage, and announce that if they assumed power, the provisions granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir would be restored, he said.

The writing was clear on the wall that the BJP would form the next government in Haryana. “It will be a dual Diwali this time. One, a ‘diya’ [earthen lamp] Diwali and the other a ‘kamal’ [lotus] Diwali. I would urge everyone that let this Diwali be dedicated to out daughters,” he said.

If the villages of Haryana had not come forward, the ''Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao'' campaign would not have progressed the way it had, he noted. 

Xi watched Dangal

Chinese President Xi Jinping told him at the recent informal summit in Mahabalipuram, near Chennai, that he had watched Dangal movie. “When he told me that he had watched Dangal,, which exhibited excellent performance of daughters of India, I felt proud of Haryana,” he said.

Mr. Modi alleged that Haryana was the hub of corruption during the Congress regime. “Congressmen built their empire in Delhi by exploiting farmers of Haryana. This was the reason that when action is taken against corruption, Congressmen feel restless.” 

Addressing another rally in Kurukshetra, Mr. Modi said the Kartarpur corridor project, which will connect the religious shrine of Sikhs was about to be completed in Punjab. “I am fortunate to get an opportunity to rectify the political and strategic failure that occurred seven decades ago,” he observed.

While the entire country was happy when the country received the first Rafale fighter jet, the Congress party was unhappy, he said.

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