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The reason why PM Modi believes national security is an election issue

The PM also asked voters in Pataliputra to ensure that the BJP is voted back to power by a large margin

Press Trust of India  |  Paliganj (Bihar) 

Ratlam: Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses an election campaign rally for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, in Ratlam, Monday, May 13, 2019. (PTI Photo)
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Prime Minister on Wednesday asserted that terrorism could be wiped out only by an aggressive strategy like the one adopted by his government and scoffed at the opposition for taking exception to making an election issue.

"The Mahamilavatis say is not an issue. How can it not be one when so many common people lose their lives in terrorist attacks?" he asked.

"The perpetrators ought to be finished the way we did, by chasing them to their hideouts (ghar mein ghuskar mara)," Modi said in an oblique reference to the Balakot air strikes.

Addressing an election rally here under Pataliputra Lok Sabha constituency, Modi made an emotional appeal to the voters: "This is my last public meeting in the state during elections. But I will be back with my development projects among you in my fresh tenure. Your love has made me confident of a victory. But please do ensure, in the last phase, that the magnitude of the victory is handsome."

The prime minister also attacked the Congress over Sam Pitrodas "hua to hua" remark and alleged that it reflected the opposition partys "arrogance" and "unapologetic attitude" about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

He also came down heavily on Lalu Prasad's RJD, the Congress ally in Bihar which he did not mention by name, accusing it of using the support of caste for achieving power, but thereafter promoting those within the family, ignoring the contributions of workers with potential.

He also attacked the RJD for having allegedly promoted criminalization during its stint in power and "failure" to come up with innovations aimed at improving the living standards of the poor.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 12:16 IST