‘Be vigilant against pro-separatist agenda of PDP-NC’
STATE TIMES NEWS AKHNOOR: The Congress is blinded by its “anti-Modi approach” and has stopped thinking in the nation’s interest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Thursday, raising issues of national security and terrorism and questioning the party’s statements following the Balakot strike. Addressing a rally in Akhnoor 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 approach adopted by them has blinded them to the extent that they have stopped thinking in the interest of the nation,” Modi told the gathering. The Prime Minister, who is campaigning for Jugal Kishore, the BJP’s candidate from Jammu-Poonch, also questioned the Congress’ silence on National Conference’s Baramulla candidate Akbar Lone’s reported remarks purportedly in favour of Pakistan. “I am surprised that they are aligning with such people who are against the interests of the nation,” Modi said. The Jammu-Poonch parliamentary seat goes to the polls on April 11. He also asked people of the state to remain vigilant against the policies of the National Conference and the PDP, a former ally of the BJP, for their alleged pro-separatist agenda. “When we imposed ban on groups involved in secession of the State from India, these political parties have been opposing it,” the Prime Minister said. Referring to the strike on a JeM camp in Balakot, the prime minister said the nation has shown its resolve to fight terrorism. “Now, people across the border think twice before carrying out any terror activity in our country.” In his third rally of the day at Akhnoor in Jammu region near the Indo-Pak border, Modi said terrorists across the border are living in a state of fear. In an apparent reference to the Balakot air strikes, Modi said those running the terrorist factory across the border are living under constant fear and the terrorists have been forced to think 100 times before sneaking into this side. “Those running the terrorist factory across the border are afraid and are living under constant fear. This had happened for the first time that the terrorists are forced to think 100 times to intrude into this side to rattle India,” Modi said. Modi, who spoke in Dogri first and then switched over to Hindi, said when voters press the button of the EVM on April 11 and choose the lotus, it will not only unnerve the terrorists and their friends within the country but its bang would be heard across the border as well. The Prime Minister also attacked Congress president Rahul Gandhi on his mocking tweet on Wednesday wishing him “happy World Theatre Day” after his address to the nation announcing the success of the anti-satellite missile. “You all saw how India created history yesterday by achieving a feat in space to ensure we emerge stronger globally and to ensure our safety. But see the kind of funny things people in the opposition have been saying.” “It is both worrying and funny… what do you say about someone who does not even know the difference between a theatre set and ASAT (anti-satellite)?” He said.
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