Let’s fight poverty, see who wins: PM
Modi gives fight a new twist, dares Pak to wage war on development issues, says Uri won’t be forgotten
Kozhikode: In his first public speech after the Uri attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Pakistan and said the sacrifice of the 18 soldiers will not go in vain. Yet, he drew a distinction between Pakistan’s ‘ hukmaran’ ( rulers) and ‘ awam’ ( people) and challenged the country for a battle on poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and infant mortality.
Modi’s combative tone resounded with the setting sun in the backdrop of the Arabian Sea as he sent a message “directly to Pakistan”, reminding its people of their preindependence links with India.
Raising the pitch, Modi said Pa- kistan is the only country in Asia exporting terror and wanting bloodshed and killing. He took it to a crescendo saying India was ready to face the challenge to fight, but amidst the stillness of anticipation among the thousands who had gathered on the Calicut beach, gave the idea of war a new twist -that of a fight over development.
After elating the BJP cadre with his tough line against Pakistan, Modi went on to take a statesman like approach saying “let’s fight poverty and see who wins, let’s fight unemployment and see who wins, let’s fight illiteracy and see who wins, let’s fight child mortality and see who wins.”
Modi said a time will come when the people of Pakistan will rise against their own rulers on the is- sue of terrorism. “Pakistan’s people should ask their rulers: If both countries got freedom at the same time, why is it that India is exporting software and Pakistan terror.”
In an apparent reference to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s address at the UN General Assembly, Modi said: “Today’s rulers were reading a speech of patrons of terrorism and talking of Kashmir.” He said the Pakistani rulers were misleading people by talking of fighting for thousand years and by reading out scripts written by terrorists. Over a month after raising the Balochistan issue, the PM again asked Islamabad to look into its backyard.
“You can’t control PoK. You couldn’t control Bangladesh. You couldn’t control Gilgit and Balochistan,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing BJP workers at the party’s National council meeting in Kozhikode on Saturday evening.