In Akhnoor, Modi trains guns at Cong, NC, PDP
Akhnoor, Mar 28: The Congress is blinded by its "anti-Modi approach" and has stopped thinking in the nation's interest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Thursday, raising issues of national security and terrorism and questioning the party's statements following the Balakot strike.
Addressing a rally in Akhnoor on the outskirts of Jammu, his first in the state after elections were announced, Modi claimed the speeches of Congress leaders receive applause in Pakistan.
He said he was surprised at the Congress' reaction to his government's endeavour to teach a lesson to the enemies of the country.
"What has happened to the Congress party....the anti-Modi approached adopted by them has blinded them to the extent that they have stopped thinking in the interest of the nation," Modi told the gathering.
The prime minister, who is campaigning for Jugal Kishore, the BJP's candidate from Jammu-Poonch, also questioned the Congress' silence on National Conference's Baramulla candidate Akbar Lone's reported remarks purportedly in favour of Pakistan.
"I am surprised that they are aligning with such people who are against the interests of the nation," Modi said.
The Jammu-Poonch parliamentary seat goes to the polls on April 11.
He also asked people of the state to remain vigilant against the policies of the National Conference and the PDP, a former ally of the BJP, for their alleged “pro-separatist” agenda.
"When we imposed ban of groups involved in secession of the state from India, these political parties have been opposing it," the prime minister said.
Referring to the strike on a JeM camp in Balakot, the prime minister said the nation has shown its resolve to fight terrorism.
"Now, people across the border think twice before carrying out any terror activity in our country," he said.
NSUI writes anti-Modi slogans on main road
Jammu, Mar 28 : Hours ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first election campaign rally here, the National Students' Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of the Congress, Thursday wrote anti-Modi slogans on the main road outside a college here.
However, another student of the same college came out with a brush and white paint and erased the graffiti, saying "we should respect the post of the prime minister and I would have done the same if the slogans were directed against (Congress president) Rahul Gandhi".
"Go Back Modi and Chowkidar Chor Hai" were found written on the main road leading to the main entrance of M A M PG College on Canal Road here.
"We have written the slogans to lodge our protest against the prime minister who has failed to fulfill his 2014 election promises to the country. He had talked about empowerment of women by giving 33 percent reservation, raised the slogan of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, improving the condition of farmers and the border residents but did nothing," Ritika Sharma, a student who claims to be affiliated with the NSUI, said.
She said Modi had also failed to provide two crore jobs every year to the youth of the country.
"We want change and the people need to give a chance to the Congress which has served the country for the last 70 years," Sharma said.
However, the slogans were painted white by a student of the same college.
"Modi is the prime minister of the country and we should not do such things to dishonour the post of the prime minister. I felt pained by the writing and decided to erase these," said Veer Choudhary.
He said he would have done the same had the slogans targeted the Congress president.
"Modi has done a lot to uplift the country and ensure development," he said, adding nobody has written such slogans to protest the killing of soldiers.