PM Modi in Tamil Nadu Updates: ‘Air Force wanted surgical strike after 26/11, but UPA blocked it’

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PM Modi Tamil Nadu visit LIVE Updates: Addressing a rally in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari, PM Modi said that the Indian Air Force wanted surgical strike against Pakistan, but the then UPA government blocked the move.

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PM Modi in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu Live Updates: Addressing a rally in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi came down hard on the Congress over the issue of national security while raking up India’s recent response to terror activities emanating from Pakistan. PM Modi saluted the bravery of IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who shot down Pakistan’s F16 fighter jet during an aerial face-off in Jammu and Kashmir, PM Modi said that the air force wanted to conduct a surgical strike after 26/11 attacks, but the then Congress-led UPA government blocked the move.

“26/11 happened, India expected action against terrorists but nothing happened. Uri happened and you saw what our brave men did. Pulwama happened and you saw what our brave men did. I salute all those who are serving the nation. Their vigilance keeps our nation secure. The events of the past few days have demonstrated yet again the strength of our armed forces,” PM Modi said.

By voting for the BJP, the Prime Minister said, “People wanted honesty, not dynasty. People wanted development, not decay. People wanted progress, not policy paralysis.”

He said they wanted opportunities, and not obstacles wanted security not stagnation, inclusive growth, not votebank politics.

Earlier, PM Modi launched several development projects in Tamil Nadu. This is his first visit to the state after BJP and AIADMK announced an electoral pact for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

PM Modi launched five National Highways projects worth Rs 3,000 crore in Kanyakumari. He will also launch a Road Safety park and Transport Museum. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and BJP’s state leadership are likely to share stage with the PM.

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