PM Modi Sticks to 'Patriotism' Formula in His Speech in Araria

NDA leadders from Bihar with PM Narendra Modi at an election rally in Araria on Saturday.

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Araria: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday spoke at a public rally in Araria slamming the opposition for questioning his patriotism saying those who were demanding for proof for the air strike on Pakistani terror camps were mighty silent now after realizing they were not doing too well in the polls after the end of the first two phases of the Lok Sabha elections.

"Those who were questioning our brave jawans whether they really took part in the surgical strikes or whether they in fact killed any terrorist are now suddenly very quiet. Now they are worried that their number in the Parliament might dwindle substantially," the Prime Minister said.

Continuing to play on the emotion of the crowd, Modi said that when the army sought permission to attack Pakistan in the aftermath of 26/11/08 terrorist attack on a Mumbai hotel that led to the death of over 170 people, the then Congress government refused to grant them the permission.

"Unlike us who believe in 'desh bhakti', these people believe in 'vote bhakti', he said.

The Prime Minister further ripped the Congress accusing the party to be the supporter of 'tukde-tukde gang' (those who want to divide Indian into small pieces).

"They hear someone saying 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and they develop severe pangs in their stomach. They side by those who chant the slogan of breaking India into pieces so how can one expect them to work for the entire nation? Before any caste or religious sect, we are Indians first and serving India is our only goal," Modi said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and many other NDA leaders were present on the occasion when Padam Parag Renu, the son of noted writer Phanishwar Nath Renu, presented a copy of the author's famous novel 'Maila Anchal'.

Briefly talking about developmental projects in the eastern parts of the nation, Modi praised Nitish Kumar for ushering progress in the state and promised to continue to support him in his second term.

"When it comes to development in Bihar, I promise you I will pay you back with full interest," he said.

The Prime Minister also warned the voters not to pay attention to the rumors on reservation spread by the opposition parties.

"They are telling people that the NDA, if sent into power again, will end reservation for good. Spreading rumors is all they have and I ask you not to pay any attention to such lies," Modi said.

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