Opposition demoralising our forces: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the NDA’s sankalp rally in Patna.   | Photo Credit: Ranjeet Kumar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday condemned Opposition parties for asking for proof of the Indian Air Force’s strikes on Pakistani terror camps.

Addressing the NDA’s Sankalp rally in Patna on Sunday, Mr. Modi said the new India would not sit quiet on the martyrdom of its brave soldiers.

“Instead of boosting the morale of our brave soldiers, they are asking for proof of the air strike on terror camps in Pakistan like they had earlier asked for evidence of surgical strikes … I want to know from the Congress and other parties, why are they bent on destroying the morale of the armed forces? Why is the Congress giving speeches where enemies are benefiting? When we have to stand united against terror factories, 21 parties united for questioning us,” Mr. Modi said in his speech of close to 40 minutes.

“We’re proud of our defence forces but some people in our country are making statements which have brought a smile on the faces of our enemies,” he said.

“But, your chowkidar (watchman) is standing rock solid before them for the security of the country and protecting the interests of the poor people,” the Prime Minister said. “The new India doesn’t sit quietly over the martyrdom of its brave soldiers … it takes revenge point by point,” he added to loud cheers from the crowd.

“My priority is to end terrorism but they [the opposition] have united to finish Modi,” he added.

Praise for Nitish

“The people of the country have decided to punish them [Opposition parties] once again,” he said, listing out the Centre’s initiatives in the State while lauding the achievements of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for “giving new direction to Bihar.” “Today, Bihar has got a better atmosphere for business activity,” he said.

Mr. Modi also said that for the first time in 50 years, India was invited to the Organisation of Islamic Countries conference and “its voice was heard with respect”.

Mr. Kumar and other NDA leaders, including Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan, who addressed the rally also referred to the IAF strikes and praised the armed forces, saying the strikes were made possible because of the “strong leadership of PM Modi”.

State NDA leaders termed the rally “historic”, claiming that over five lakh people attended.

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