Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (Tuesday, April 9) addressed a rally in Maharashtra’s Latur, where he asked the voters to dedicate their votes to the brave jawans, who lost their lives in Pulwama attack on February 14.
“I want to appeal to the first time voters. Can you dedicate your first vote to the brave jawans who conducted air strike in Pakistan’s Balakot?” he asked the crowd while addressing an election rally in Latur of Maharashtra. “Can’t you dedicate your first vote to jawans who lost their lives in Pulwama attack?” PM Modi said.
Earlier Election Commission had instructed all the political parties not to make use of armed forces and their activities while campaigning for the polls. It also instructed parties not to post any picture with any army personnel on their party poster or on their social media accounts.
The EC’s statement came soon after former Navy chief (Retired) Admiral L Ramdas asked the Election Commission to prevent the use of the Indian Armed Forces by political parties to influence the electorate during the campaign for the General Elections.
While addressing the people, PM Modi slammed the Congress party over its stand on Article 370 and Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the grand old party speaks the language of Pakistan as far as the annulment of Articles 370 and 35A is concerned. He also said the Congress is supporting those who are demanding a separate Prime Minister for Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking about the water crisis in Latur, PM Modi said that the next BJP-led NDA government will set up a separate Ministry of Water to ensure fair distribution. He said that the government will link the rivers which will help channelising water. The Prime Minister also mentioned that it was his government that sent special trains carrying water to the parched Latur a few years ago.
On Income Tax raids in the country, he said that the opposition leaders are calling the ‘chowkidar’ a thief but now it has become clear who the real thieves are.
PM Modi is also scheduled to address a rally at Coiambatore in Tamil Nadu in the evening. While BJP president Amit Shah is scheduled to address a rally at Shamshabad in Ranga Reddy district of Telangana and will also hold a road show in Odisha’s Puri today.
On the other hand, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will campaign in Hailakandi district of Assam and Gaya in Bihar.