Modi Rally in Karnataka Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invoked the armed forces to ask first-time voters to exercise their franchise in favour of those who can secure the country’s borders.
“I want to appeal to the first time voters. Can you dedicate your first vote to the brave jawans who conducted air strike in Pakistan’s Balakot?” he asked the crowd while addressing an election rally in Latur of Maharashtra. “Can’t you dedicate your first to jawans who lost their lives in Pulwama attack?” he said.
The Prime Minister also slammed the Congress party over its stand on Article 370 and Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the grand old party speaks the language of Pakistan as far as the annulment of Articles 370 and 35A is concerned. He also said the Congress is supporting those who are demanding a separate Prime Minister for Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking about the water crisis in Latur, PM Modi said that the next BJP-led NDA government will set up a separate Ministry of Water to ensure fair distribution. He said that the government will link the rivers which will help channelising water. The Prime Minister also noted that it was his government that sent special trains carrying water to the parched Latur a few years ago.
Invoking Balasaheb Thakeray, he said that the late Shiv Sena leader was against dynasty politics. Modi said that Balasaheb could have made his son Uddhav the Chief Minister of Maharashtra but he was against the dynasty politics.
On Income Tax raids in the country, he said that the opposition leaders are calling the ‘chowkidar’ a thief but now it has become clear who are the real thieves.
The campaigning for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections will come to an end on Tuesday evening. In the first phase of polling on April 11, a total of 91 parliamentary constituencies spread across 20 states will go to polls. Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim will be held simultaneously.
Meanwhile, a survey conducted by CVOTER-IANS said that around half of the voters continue to be very satisfied with the performance of PM Modi. It said that Modi’s popularity and the satisfaction level with him remained high mostly after the Indian Air Force conducted cross-border operation to destroy the terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.
The remaining six-phase will be held on April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 29. Results will be declared on May 23.