Prime Minister Narendra Modi today declared that India is no longer helpless in the face of terrorism. Stating that this is New India, he said underlining that this had been made possible because his government has given the armed forces a free hand.
Addressing a BJP rally in Kanyakumari of Tamil Nadu, first time, he has responded on the issue of Wing Commander Abhinandan and he is proud to mention both the brave pilot and also the first female defence minister of the country Nirmala Sitaraman are hails from this state.
Attacking Congress-led opposition for its response to terrorism when it was in power, he compared the previous UPA government’s refusal to carry out surgical strikes after the 26/11 Mumbai terror to the two that were carried out by the armed forces after terror attacks in Uri and Pulwama.
“The events of the past few days have demonstrated yet again the strength of our armed forces. It has also brought our nation closer,” said PM Modi adding, “A few parties, guided by Modi hatred have started hating India.”
Further Prime Minister deplored that these are the same people whose statements are helping Pakistan and harming India. They are the same people whose statements are being happily quoted in Parliament of Pakistan and in the radio of Pakistan. I want to ask them – do you support our armed forces or suspect them?””, he added.
He said the development over the past couple of days have demonstrated the prowess of the armed forces. “There was a time when the news reports would read- Air Force wanted to do surgical strike after 26/11 but UPA blocked it. Today, we are in an era where the news reads- Armed forces have full freedom to do what they want,” he said in a reference to IAF strike at a Jaish-e-Mohammed-run terror camp at Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan days after Pulwama attack, in which 40 jawans were killed.
The prime minister said, “When 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.”