Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed a huge ‘Vijay Sankalp’ rally in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Prime Minister began his speech thanking the people of Uttarakhand saying that the land of Uttarakhand is the land of brave hearts and mentioned that the ‘Chowkidars’ of this land have come out in such large numbers to bless one ‘Chowkidar’.
Addressing a rally in Rudrapur, PM Modi asked the people that whether was it right to question the credibility of our soldiers after surgical strikes. “When we entered the homes of the terrorists and killed them then is it right to question valour of our jawans? Is it right to abuse our Army Chief? Will people forgive those who give anti-national statements just to become a hero in Pakistan?,” PM Modi targetted Congress after some of its leaders sought proof for Balakot strikes.
Targetting Congress and other Congress supporters in the media for questioning him over over-emphasis on Balakot strikes during his speeches, PM Modi said, “Congress said that Modi should not talk about air strikes and Modi should not raise the issue of the country’s security. So should Modi sit quietly? Should Modi be scared of terror threats?”
Prime Minister slammed the Congress party for repeating the same old ‘Garibi Hatao’ slogans for the last four decades and said that the family has been repeating the same slogans for last few decades but has not done anything to reduce the poverty. “Defeat Congress, poverty will vanish on its own,” said PM Modi at Uttarakhand rally.
Taking a dig at Congress Party and Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, PM Modi said that instead of performing his duties as a CM, the one job he did was to mark his attendance at Delhi Durbar. “A Former Uttarakhand CM who is also a candidate from here this time had only one job, to mark attendance in Delhi Durbar. He did not care about unemployment or other issues faced by the youth in the state which forced people to migrate outside the state,” said PM Modi.
With the mention of the ‘Char Dhams’ of Hindu faith that exist in the state of Uttarakhand, PM Modi also named a fifth Dham in the land as ‘Sainik Dham’ referring to the defence institutes and regiments that originate from the state and also added that the land of Uttarakhand has given the maximum soldiers in proportion to its population.
PM Modi added that it was the BJP which turned Uttarakhand into an industrial hub after all the damage that the Congress had done in the past years. Do they really deserve to be voted to power again, asked PM Modi. “Who did all those scams? Who brought the destruction? Should Congress, which has been unjust to the people of Uttarakhand, get another chance? Shouldn’t they be punished?” asked PM Modi.
Referring to the defence scams that occurred in the Congress era, PM Modi said that Congress did not have the intent to buy ammunition, fighter jets, bulletproof jackets for the need of the forces. He said that it was Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government which started buying Rafale, but the Congress held it for 10 years as it was expecting commission in the defence deals. He alleged that the Congress sat on the deal for the Rafale fighter jet as it was eyeing the “malai” (commission, kickbacks) from it.
“Today, the army is getting modern artillery in the country, getting modern weaponry, bullet-proof jackets. The army was demanding from the Congress government, but they were not concerned because the focus was not on safety,” said PM Modi.
PM Modi also targetted the previous Congress governments over AgustaWestland chopper scam case and Bofors scandal and said that the Congress always ignored the demands of security forces. He said the BJP government brought OROP scheme and gave Rs 35,000 crore in pension to jawans.
At the Rudrapur rally in Uttarakhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said if Congress wanted, Kartarpur would have been in India and not Pakistan.
The state of Uttarakhand has five Lok Sabha seats and all the five seats are scheduled to go for polls in the first phase April 11. The BJP had won all the five seats from the Uttarakhand during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.