On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while campaigning in Odisha for April-May National Elections that Pakistan is still counting the number of terrorist bodies died in the air strikes in Balakot, but opposition keeps asking for proof.
Hits out at opposition over questions related to IAF air strikes on February 26 at a rally in Koraput, PM Modi claims that “it has been a month, and Pakistan is still busy counting bodies (of terrorists) killed, and these people here only keep asking for proof.”
The Prime Minister said, “When India acts against terrorists, goes into the enemy’s home and strikes them, these people demand proof.”
He has further raised the opposition criticism over his Nationally Televised announcement of “Mission Shakti” or India’s successful test fire of A-SAT or anti-satellite missile.
“Two days ago Odisha, along with the rest of India witnessed something great. India has now become a space power and that is something that the world has now noticed. India is now even doing Chowkidari even in space. But while the world takes notice, and we all are proud of our scientists, there are those handfuls of people who are just always blaming, questioning, criticizing, insulting such achievements,” added PM Modi.
“By doing this they only insult our scientists and our soldiers. Tell me, do you want such people who insult our forces and our scientists, should they not be punished,” asked PM Modi, often asked his audience whether they wanted a weak government or a decisive and strong one.
The Prime Minister continued, “Do you want a mazboot (strong) government, or a majboor (helpless) government?” There was a chorus – ‘Mazboot’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a whirlwind campaign schedule across India, started his speech by urging people to raise their fists and say “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.
The Prime Minister went on to establish a new routine, provoked by Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi’s “Chowkidar Chor Hai (the Chowkidar is a thief)” attacks. “Main Bhi?” he asked the crowd. “Chowkidar,” came the chorus.
Last week, he launched the “Main Bhi Chowkidar” campaign as a part of the counter to Mr. Gandhi’s relentless offensive on Rafale fighter jet deal. Like him, every party leader prefixed their Twitter page with “Chowkidar”.
Odisha will vote for Assembly Elections along with seven rounds of General Elections begin from April 11.
In 2014 Elections, the BJP has won only one parliamentary seat out of 21-seats in Odisha and 10-seats of 147 Assembly seats.