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Modi, enthused by nationalism of Haryanvis, issues fresh threat to Pakistan

While dealing with the de facto abrogation of Article 370 that even Haryana Congress supports, the prime minister said India's farmers had the right to the waters from Himalayan rivers that flow along the border with Pakistan


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing rallies in Dadri and Kurukshetra on Tuesday as part of the BJP’s campaign for Haryana Assembly election, announced a fresh set of measures to contain and challenge Pakistan. He now hinted at a new ‘surgical strike’ on the hostile neighbour by way of water blockade. Modi said that India had the right over the waters of the Indus and other rivers going to Pakistan from its territory and that the flow would be stopped soon.

While referring to Jammu and Kashmir, the prime minister said that terrorism and separatism could no longer be tolerated. Whatever objections anybody raises, “we will continue to take whatever steps are necessary in the national interest”, he said.

Haryana happens to be a state where the people are so full of patriotic fervour that even Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his son Deepinder Hooda broke ranks with their colleagues in the Congress to morally support the Narendra Modi government on the question of revocation of Article 370 and Article 35A.

Modi asked why Congress and so-called humanists do not see the pain of Kashmiri mothers. “They should tell whether these mothers should get back their sons or not,” the prime minister said, referring to the Kashmiri Muslim youth who have taken to terrorism.

“The country can no longer afford separatism and terrorism in Kashmir,” Modi said in the rally held in Kurukshetra. “Politics may continue, elections keep coming and somebody wins and somebody loses, but the security of the country is paramount,” the prime minister said, adding that security of the nation was his greatest priority.

“Should our brave soldiers continue to be martyred? That cannot be allowed,” Modi said.

The prime minister said the work to block river waters to Pakistan was in progress while linking the issue to domestic requirements as well. He said, “Soon our farmers will get adequate water supply. Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan are entitled to this water.”

Modi said that the people of Haryana had decided that the BJP would win the state election with a huge majority. The prime minister said that this Diwali should be the Diwali of daughters. “A Diwali with diya (oil lamp) in one hand and kamal (lotus) in another!” Modi exclaimed.

The prime minister said that he had made three big promises in the Lok Sabha election: that he would strengthen national security, the spirit of unity and integrity and intensify efforts to increase farmers’ earnings. “Today on this land of the Gita, I can say that promises have been fulfilled at the ground level in a very short time,” Modi claimed.

Continuing with the issue of national security, Modi said that the first Rafale had been procured from France. “Are you happy?” he asked the massive crowd that had come to listen to him. “India’s military strength has increased. Are you not proud of it?” the prime minister asked the audience and said, “125 crore countrymen are proud today, but what would happen to the Congress leaders?”

The tallest leader of present-day BJP said, “Whenever the country is happy, the leaders of Congress begin to suffer. On everything that makes the country proud, Congress adopts a negative attitude. They are unhappy when the nation earns respect globally for cleanliness as foreign leaders praise the new India.”

“Congressmen are furious at the abrogation of Article 370 applicable to Jammu and Kashmir and, taking advantage of this, Pakistan is trying to corner India on international platforms,” Modi alleged.

Attacking the Congress further, the lodestar of star campaigners of the BJP said the opposition party has a problem even when Dalits of Jammu and Kashmir get their rights. “The focus of the central and state governments of the BJP is to make its benefits more accessible to the deserving people. Whatever schemes the BJP government has made for Dalit, poor and backward people are reaching the right and eligible people,” Modi said, adding “We will make plans and to take entitlement schemes to the doorsteps of the people.”

The prime minister had started his speech in Haryanvi at the Kurukshetra rally, greeting the people with “Ram-Ram” and “Sat Sri Akal”. Addressing the Sikhs of the state, Modi referred to the Kartarpur Corridor. He said that the corridor was nearing completion. “We were fortunate that we got a chance to rectify the political and strategic lapses that occurred seven decades ago,” he said in an apparent reference to the bloody partition of India under the aegis of the Congress and Muslim League at the behest of the retreating British Empire, which uprooted many Sikh families among others from their home and hearth in 1947.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal and MP Naib Saini had welcomed Modi to the rally by presenting a conch. BJP MP Sanjay Bhatia and BJP candidates from 17 assembly constituencies were present on the platform of the rally organised in the theme park of Kurukshetra.

Motivated by the prime minister, the chief minister spoke of Jammu and Kashmir and India’s defence, too, before switching to the issue of agriculture, assuring farmers of Bajra. “We have got a big relief under the Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme. Earlier, the farmer did not get anything due to the disaster, but now he gets compensation of Rs 20,000-Rs 25,000 per acre.”

“We will make Haryana the hub of sports, too,” Khattar said. Haryana has had a remarkable record of producing internationally famed athletes who have been bringing medals from Olympics and World Championships for more than a decade.

Modi and Khattar referred also to the quality of the candidates of BJP while targeting Congress and the INLD again, this time for practising nepotism.

Modi had blessed Babita Phogat with a hand on her head before starting his election speech in Kurukshetra. The prime minister spoke of several other “achievements” of the BJP government like liberation of the people of Haryana from long queues for kerosene, reducing cases of malnutrition, care for pregnant women including the extended maternity leave with pay, a grant of Rs 5,000 from banks to every woman belonging to a self-help group so that the poor do not have to mortgage the little gold they have in times of financial distress, connecting farm barns and playgrounds, promotion of sports and fitness, Haryana becoming open defecation-free, improving the sex ratio of the state, etc.

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