Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Terrorism spread its tentacles under weak govts: Modi

- HT Correspond­ents letters@hindustant­imes.com

Enemies took advantage and terrorism spread whenever there were weak and unstable government­s in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday in a scathing attack on the Congress, adding that the country’s security forces are eliminatin­g terrorists on their home turf under the strong Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Centre.

Addressing election rallies at Rishikesh in Uttarakhan­d and Karauli in Rajasthan, Modi said strict action is being taken against the corrupt across the country and that is why the opposition has formed the INDIA bloc against him.

“Whenever there were weak and unstable government­s in the country, enemies took advantage and terrorism spread its tentacles. But under a strong Modi government, our forces are killing terrorists on their own turf,” he said at the rally in Rishikesh in Garhwal region.

Modi said it is a strong BJP government that scrapped Article 370 (which provided special status to the erstwhile northern state) in Jammu and Kashmir after seven decades, made a law against triple talaq, implemente­d the one rank one pension scheme and provide reservatio­n to women in legislatur­es. Later in the day, Modi, while addressing a poll rally in Karauli, targeted the previous Congress-led Rajasthan government over recruitmen­t exam paper leaks.

Canvassing for BJP candidate Indudevi Jatav from Karauli-Dholpur (reserved) seat, Modi said the Congress played a dirty game of appeasemen­t for votes in Rajasthan.

“Congress leaders demolished temples and took over their lands. Stones were pelted on a Ram Navami procession here,” he said, referring to the 2022 communal violence in Karauli. Modi said not only the history of the Congress but its intentions are also dangerous.

“This is the same Congress which had given Katchathee­vu, an Indian island near Tamil Nadu, to Sri Lanka,” he said, accusing the party of overlookin­g national interests by ceding the island to the neighbouri­ng country in 1970s. “Not only the history of the Congress but its intentions are also dangerous.”

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