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Enemy knows this is new India: PM

03:51 AM Apr 06, 2024 IST | IANS
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Jaipur, Apr 5: Launching a scathing attack on the opposition, saying the Congress never permitted soldiers to get even with the enemy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said the enemy knows that this is new India.

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Addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Churu in support of paralympic Devendra Jhajahria, the PM said, “Things have changed now as the enemy knows that this is new India, which enters into enemy territories to give a befitting reply to them (Yeh Naya Bharat hai jo ghar mein ghus ke marta hai). As long as the Congress people remained in power, they kept the hands of our soldiers tied. The enemy would attack and leave but they did not allow the soldiers to respond. The soldiers kept demanding one rank one pension, but they did nothing. When our government came, we gave them open permission to give befitting replies to enemies on borders. Today even enemies know that ‘This is Modi. This is new India which attacks after entering into territories of enemies."

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He recalled his visit to Churu on February 26, 2019, which came soon after the Balakot airstrikes.

“We had taught the terrorists a lesson,” PM Modi said.

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He repeated the words he shared in Churu last year and said, “Main desh nahin jhukne doonga, saugandh mujhe hai mitti ki...”

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“When our Army carried out the surgical strikes, the Ghamandiya Ghathbandhan demanded proof of bravery from the Army. Insulting the Army and dividing the country is the identity of the Congress party,” the PM said.

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He attacked the opposition's alliance and said the people of the 'Ghamandiya Ghathbandhan' had called Lord Ram "imaginary".

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“Just a few months ago, the dream of Ram temple in Ayodhya was fulfilled. The Congress party was openly insulting our faith,” PM Modi said. “The country has always paid the price for the sins of Congress.”

He said that a journalist told him that the Congress party had issued an advisory out of fear in which they had asked their workers to stay tightlipped if there was any discussion about the Ram temple.

“Our country now cannot tolerate this grave insult to our faith,” the PM said.

Speaking on the bold steps taken by the NDA government, he said, “Today Article 370 has been abolished from Kashmir. The law on triple talaq is helping our Muslim sisters. Entire families used to live in tension in fear of triple talaq. I have saved not just Muslim sisters but all Muslim families."

PM Modi praised the BJP candidate, Devendra Jhajharia, who is a veteran Paralympian and a three-time medallist (2 gold, 1 silver) from the Paralympic Games.

He said that he shared a close bond with Jhajharia and was impressed by the inspiring words of his mother when he met her.

The PM said, “Very few amongst you know that Devendra Jhajharia and I share a very old relationship. When I met him for the first time, his mother's words touched my heart. The mother, illiterate and poor, who was struggling to survive, inspired her son to serve the country. Further, Devendra also worked hard to bring name and fame to India leaving his poverty challenges behind. My motive behind giving a ticket to Devendra was that the dreams of the poor mother’s son should also be fulfilled.”

He said, “The other motive was that the sons and daughters of the Indian sports world should remember that his contribution to the sports world would never be forgotten. Devendra not only fought poverty but also made his country famous in the world.”

PM Modi said, “I have come to Churu from Delhi to seek blessings for Devendra. When I seek blessings, people shower them with open hearts.”

He said that a lot of work had been done in the last 10 years, but this was very little.

“What I have done till now is only like the starter available in big hotels, a lot needs to be done yet,” the PM said.

He mentioned the guarantees he gave that had been fulfilled.

“The guarantees given by me have been fulfilled. Unlike other parties, the BJP does not just release its manifesto. We come with a resolution letter. Most of the resolutions that we had issued in 2019 have been fulfilled,” PM Modi said.

Speaking on pandemic times, he said: “We worked honestly. A crisis like coronavirus came. The world was thinking that India would be ruined and the world would also be ruined. In this crisis, India made its country the fifth-largest economy in the world. We too could have said that it was a disaster, what should I do? But I did not choose that path. To challenge the challenge is the strength of our soil. In Rajasthan, it is said -- Apni Karni, Paar Utarni. We worked hard and gave results.”

The PM appealed to the people present there to exercise their franchise.

BJP has fielded Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia from Churu.

The Congress has given a ticket to Rahul Kaswan, who quit the BJP after he was denied the candidature.

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