Modi speech in Akhnoor: The Congress is blinded by its “anti Modi approach” and has stopped thinking in the nation’s interest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Akhnoor, Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday, raising issues of national security and terrorism and questioning the party’s statements following the Balakot strike.
Addressing a rally on the outskirts of Jammu, his first in the state after elections were announced, Modi claimed the speeches of Congress leaders receive applause in Pakistan. He said he was surprised at the Congress’ reaction to his government’s endeavour to teach a lesson to the enemies of the country.
“What has happened to the Congress party….the anti-Modi approached adopted by them has blinded them to the extent that they have stopped thinking in the interest of the nation,” Modi told the gathering.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, PM Modi kicked off the Lok Sabha election 2019 campaign from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut, just like he did ahead of the 2014 general elections. Positioning his government as strong and decisive, PM Modi said that under the rule of the National Democratic Alliance government, India had shown the resolve to keep its boundaries secure and strike terror where it hurts.
Invoking the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force at terror camps in Pakistan, the Prime Minister said that the fight in 2019 was between the heroes of India and the heroes of Pakistan.
In a sharp counter to the Opposition for questioning the IAF strikes, the PM said that leaders of the Congress and other parties were racing against time to gain more popularity in Pakistan. Comaparing the UPA rule under Congress against the five years of the NDA, PM Modi said that his government has shown the resolve to strike terror and fulfil the long standing demands of the armed forces.
On the other hand, the Congress government, the PM alleged, shielded terror backers and joined hands with the corrupt. The PM took potshots at the minimum income guarantee scheme announced by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and referred to the Congress as a master of slogans.
Referring to the UPA as a “Mahamilavati Sarkar”, PM Modi mocked the Congress for questioning the Jan Dhan Yojana while failing to open bank accounts themselves.
Asserting that the Congress and other Opposition parties are incapable of keeping the nation secure, Modi said that the government’s actions had brought the Opposition to tears. “Does the country need heroes of India or heroes of Pakistan?” PM Modi asked.
He also took potshots at the SP-BSP alliance of Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh and said that the same leader who spent decades trying to bring the father-son duo of Akhilesh and Mulayam to book had joined hands with them.