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PM Modi addressing rally in Churu
PM Modi addressing rally in Churu

World has seen India's 'power': PM in veiled reference to air strike

ANI | Updated: Feb 26, 2019 14:53 IST

Churu (Rajasthan), Feb 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday made a veiled reference to the air strike carried out on terror camps in Pakistan, saying the world has seen the “power” of India and asserted that the country was in “safe hands”.
Addressing a rally here, he avoided any direct mention of the Indian action but underlined the importance of voting for a “strong” government rather than a “majbhoor” (desperate) government in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
“Aaj aapka mizaz kuch aur lag raha hai. Aapka yeh josh mai bali baanti samajh raha hun (Today, your mood looks different. I can very well understand your josh),” the Prime Minister said, obviously referring to the military action.
“Today, the world is watching India’s power... You are seeing it definitely,” Modi said.
"Today, from the land of Churu, I want to assure the countrymen that the country is in safe hands," he added.
He recited a couplet, first narrated in 2014, by which he asserted that he will never let the country’s prestige be lowered.
“Saugandh mujhe is mitti ki main desh nahi mitne doonga, main desh nahi rukne doonga. Main desh nahi jhukne doonga....Mera vachan hai Bharat maa ko, tera sheesh nahi jhukne doonga (It is my vow to the motherland, I will not let your head hang in shame),” he said.
“Nothing is bigger than the country,” Modi added.
He lauded the contribution of the armed forces and highlighted the efforts made by his government to benefit the security personnel.
“Through OROP, I am happy to tell you this that 20 lakh soldiers benefitted from the scheme. In Rajasthan 1 lakh soldiers benefitted.
He also took the occasion to throw light on measures taken by his government for farmers and said, “Within next 10 years Rs 7.5 Lakh Crore will be deposited in the accounts of farmers. They will not have to do anything for it. They will directly get a notification on their mobile phones, saying that they have received the amount.”
“Though, not one farmer is from Churu, because the government here has failed to give list of farmers to the Centre,” he added.
The Prime Minister also underlined how Centre’s scheme ‘Ayusham Bharat’ has assisted the poor in availing medical facilities.
 “Under Ayushman Bharat 50 Crore poor will benefit. So far 13 lakh people have been benefitted. But there is not one beneficiary from Rajasthan,” he said,
India on Tuesday carried out air strikes at a massive Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, eliminating a “large number” of terrorists, including top commanders, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said earlier.
The terror camp in a thick forest area atop a hill was led by Ustad Gauri, brother-in-law of JeM chief Masood Azhar, Gokhale said, making a statement before the media, hours after the air strikes using Mirage 2000 were carried out. (ANI)