Asserted that rooting out terror was crucial to poverty alleviation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday slammed the opposition for criticising ruling NDA for raking national security issue in elections.
He underlined national security as an important issue since the money spent on internal security could be better utilised to uplift the poor’s condition.
Rejecting the Congress claims of having waived farmers loans in States ruled by it, Modi promised of doing the same across the country if voted to power and alleged that no poor Dalit or Adivasi gained from the loan waiver and only their “chela chapaati” (cronies) enjoyed the benefits.
Modi mocked at regional satraps nursing prime ministerial ambitions by contesting only 40, 20 or even as in the case of Karnataka a mere eight Lok Sabha seats.
The Prime Minister said the voters understand that national security and terrorism are important issues but these selfish dynasts are unable to realize this simple fact, he told an election rally in this north Bihar town.
Over 350 lives were lost in the terrorist strikes in Sri Lanka this week. Factories of terror are running in our neighbourhood. Yet they have the temerity to say it is not an issue, remarked Modi with regard to opposition parties taking exception to his having sought votes in the name of the Balakot air strikes to avenge Pulwama killing of 40 CRPF troopers.
Referring to the Darbhanga module, often spoken about by agencies involved in counter-terror operations, Modi said it is this type of thinking (national security not being an issue) that brought disrepute to this town. But now you have an alert chowkidar. No militant nor any module is going to survive.
The prime minister also claimed those who had been demanding proofs of air strikes have been taken aback by the public mood during the three phases of elections wherein nearly 300 constituencies went to polls. So now they have trained their guns on Modi and EVMs.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan were also present at the prime minister’s rally.