CHARKI DADRI / KURUKSHETRA – Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India would not allow its water to flow to Pakistan.
“For 70 years, the water which belongs to India and the farmers of Haryana flowed to Pakistan. Modi will stop this water (from flowing into Pakistan) and bring it to your houses,” the Prime Minister said in an election meeting, in Charki Dadri in Haryana, according to IANS.
He said the farmers of Haryana and Rajasthan have the rights over the water that is flowing to Pakistan and was not being stopped by earlier Indian governments.
“Modi aapki ladai ladega (Modi will fight your battle),” he assured the people at the rally.
Slamming the Congress over its stand on Article 370 and the Rafale deal, he accused its leaders of bad-mouthing India and showing negativity on matters that bring joy to the people of the country.
He also charged that Congress leaders are spreading rumours in India and abroad over the abrogation of special status for Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.
He urged people of Haryana to punish the Congress for this on October 21, the polling day.
At another rally at Thanesar near Kurukshetra, he said, The situation is such that those behind spreading terror are targeting India by using their statements.
Elections come and go and but the interest of the nation is supreme, he said.
Modi did not elaborate. But the BJP recently slammed a meeting between the London unit of Indian Overseas Congress and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, in which the situation in Jammu and Kashmir after the nullification of Article 370 was discussed.
Modi asked people at the Thanesar rally whether they are happy with the induction of the French fighter jet, saying the move had strengthened the Indian armed forces.
But I don’t know what happens to Congress leaders. They get upset over matters that bring joy to countrymen, he said.
It is not restricted only to the Rafale jet issue. On every issue on which India gets respect and recognition, the attitude of Congress leaders always remains negative, he added.
India gets an award for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, but they have problems. World leaders attend functions in India and give us awards. Even then they have sleepless nights and get upset over every issue, he said.
Modi said national security, national interest and the Constitution are paramount for the Bharatiya Janata Party. At the meetings, he also accused the previous Congress governments in the state and at the Centre of corruption, indirectly referring to opposition leaders who now face investigations or are in jail.
He dared the Congress again to openly declare that it will reverse his government’s decision to nullify Article 370 if it is voted to power.
Some leaders of the Congress have been spreading rumours about this decision in the country and in the world, he said.
You can abuse Modi as much as you can and even import abuses from Bangkok, Thailand, Vietnam or from wherever you want. I have no problem if you speak against Modi, he said.
“But they should stop backstabbing India, which is on the path to progress, he added, in a barb directed at the Congress.
The prime minister addressed two back-to-back meetings on his second visit to the state in two days.
Modi said the decision on J&K was taken in national interest and the whole country is standing with Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
He asked people at the Charkhi Dadri rally if they supported the Congress on Article 370.
Should they not be punished severely? Would you do that on October 21? he asked, predicting that the BJP-run state would give the opposition party a befitting reply .
In an apparent reference to opposition leaders, but without mentioning names, he said, Their bigwigs have landed in Tihar Jail and are now crying. Rest assured that those who defrauded the country would not be spared, he said.
The BJP candidate in Charkhi Dadri is wrestler Babita Phogat, whose struggle and that of her coach-father is featured in the hit film Dangal’.
Modi said when he met President Xi Jinping at their informal summit recently, the Chinese leader told him that he had watched Dangal .
He also told me that he saw in the movie what wonders daughters were capable of doing,” the prime minister said.
He said the Centre’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign for the girl child would not have been effective without the support of Haryana’s villages.
People in Haryana say Mahree choree choron say kam hain kay (are our daughters any less than the sons), he said.
This voice has come from the villages of Haryana, and when this voice takes the shape of a campaign, the world is forced to say that daughters of India are dhaakad’, Modi said in a reference to the movie.
Predicting a BJP victory in the assembly polls, he said there will be two Diwalis this time – a “kamal wali Diwali” (a reference to the BJP’s poll symbol) and the other a “Diye wali Diwali” (festival of lights). (With PTI Inputs)