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Militants in Pak frightened after Balakot strikes: PM

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Chitradurga (Karna): Asserting a strong government at the Centre was imperative for a strong India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said the Balakot air strikes have created a fear among the militants and those in power in Pakistan were getting nightmares.
Addressing an election rally here, Modi attacked the ruling Congress-JDS combine in Karnataka saying when the whole world stood with India in the aftermath of the airstrikes, the two parties were in tears.
Greeting first time voters across the country, he asked them to vote after thinking, to bring a strong government in the country.
“You can dedicate your first votes to brave soldiers who laid down their lives for the country, for getting house to a poor, for free healthcare for poor, for getting water to farmers land. your first vote should go for getting Mudra loanto some one who may be friend of yours,” he added.
He said in this Lok Sabha elections people have to choose not only an MP or Prime Minister, but a strong government for a strong India. “Only a strong government can take firm decisions for the benefit of the country.”
Citing how a strong government functions, Modi referred to the Balakot air strike in response to the Pulwama terror strike that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF Jawans in Jammu and Kashmir.
“There was a time five years ago, when Pakistan’s terrorists used to attack us and Pakistan used to threaten us.
Our brave soldiers used to seek permission for action, but the government then sat in fear.”
“This Chowkidar (watchman) has changed the situation. Now if thereis fear, it is on the other side of the border.
People sitting in power there are getting different types of nightmares…terrorists are frightened after Balakot attack,” he said.
Devoting a significant part of his speech to national security, he asked the crowd, “when we attacked Pakistan’s terroristsdid you like it or not? Are you happy? Did I do right?” to which it roared in approval.
“When we attacked terrorists it pained Pakistan, but tears could be seen among those in Congress and JD(S),” Modi said.
He said the whole world stood with India, but “our Mahamilavati dal here” (Congress-JDS), was condemning Modi instead of Pakistan.
“The Chief Minister (H D Kumarawamy) here went a step ahead and said the bravery of Indian soldiers should not be spoken, because it will affect their vote bank….
“I want to ask the Chief Minister whether his vote bankis in India or in Pakistan? Chief Minister should clarify on this,” Modi said.
He said the opposition also made fun of India’sA-SAT (anti-satellite test) “Mission Shakti” on March 27 that put the country as a space power on par with the United States, Russia and China.
“They also made fun of strike in the space, like they did with (Balakot) air strike. Whole world agreed that India has made an achievement relating to space, but in their habit of opposing Modi, they are opposing India,” he said.
The Prime Minister said these people while in power did not have the ‘courage’ of permitting scientists to conduct missile tests. But now when India conducted space strike, they were the first in raising questions on it, he added.
“These people don’t respect jawans, nor science. Those who don’t care about India’s pride, it is necessary to teach them a lesson,” he said.
Modi piched for electing a “strong” government at the Centre and not a “mahamilavat (highly adulterated)” dispensation whose remote control would be in the hands of a dozen people. (PTI)

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