Prime Minister Narendra Modi today ask first-time voters to dedicate their first vote to those who carried out air strike in Balakot, Addressing a poll rally in Ausa town of Lathur district, Maharashtra, in an emotional tone he said “Can your first vote be dedicated to those who carried out air strike?”
He held Congress responsible for the creation of Pakistan. He said that Pakistan would not have born had Congress leaders acted wisely in the pre-independence era. He lamented that the Congress party’s manifesto speaks the same language as that of Pakistan.
He accused the Congress and its ally NCP of standing with those who want a separate Prime Minister for Jammu and Kashmir. He was referring to National Conference leader Omar Abdullah’s remark in this connection.
Hitting out at NCP chief Sharad Pawar on the issue, Modi asked if it behoved the Maratha strongman to join forces with the parties holding such a view. On the other hand, Modi said under the BJP’s watch it was the policy of ‘New India’ that it will kill terrorists barging into their dens.
Meanwhile, he cited Income Tax raids in Madhya Pradesh to target the Congress, alleging that “corruption is the character” of the principal Opposition party. He said, “They have been saying ‘chowkidar chor hai’ for six months but see where bundles of note are being recovered from. Who is scared of chowkidar? If so much money is being recovered, it is natural for them to abuse this chowkidar.”
His remarks are in response to the Congress’s ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (watchman is a thief) campaign to target him over the Rafale deal. The Income Tax Department has said that it has detected a “widespread and well-organised” racket of collection of unaccounted cash of about Rs 281 crore during raids against close associates of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and others.