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More powerful wave in favour of BJP this time: Modi

Press Trust of India  |  Kathua 

Modi Sunday said there is a "more" powerful wave across in favour of the BJP as compared to that in 2014 and it is now "difficult" for the to "survive".

Modi was in Jammu and Kashmir's district to campaign for in (PMO) and the BJP's Udhampur seat candidate

"I have visited the entire country. Since I came first to Jammu (last time), since then I have visited several states. I have seen a more powerful wave (in favour of the BJP) this time as compared to 2014 (polls)," he told an election rally here.

Modi, attacking the Congress, alleged that the opposition party is raising questions on the government's actions on national security to appease their

"You have seen the surveys these days (on TV and in newspapers). One thing is clear from these surveys -- the possibility of getting number of seats. BJP has a possibility of getting three times more seats than that. This is what people conducting the surveys are saying," he said.

Therefore, it is difficult for the to survive, Modi claimed.

Politicians and elections will keep coming, but the nation is supreme and will remain supreme. Nationalism is the soul of the nation, he said.

But, for some people, nationalism is an "insult" and they keep raising questions on a daily basis as to why Modi is talking about security of the nation, the said.

"It is important to talk about the nation, because you get to know what some people want to do to this country. When I talk about nationalism their masks fall off, (and it shows) where they stand?" he said.

Modi also hit out at Chief Minister for skipping Saturday's event to pay respect to those killed in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre 100 years ago.

The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in during the festival on April 13, 1919, when troops of the under the command of opened fire at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration, leaving several dead and scores injured.

Singh has "insulted" the by not attending the government's memorial service on the day of the incident's centenary, Modi alleged.

"Congress CM (of Punjab) was absconding from the function. He boycotted it, because he was busy in 'bakhti' of the Congress 'parivar' (family). He went with 'naamdar (dynasts)' but not with India's vice president", he said.

"Was it not a insult to the martyrs?", Modi asked the rally.

M Venkaiah Naidu had visited Jallianwala Bagh in Saturday and paid tributes to "martyrs" on

The also hit out at the Congress for questioning the Balakot airstrike and the surgical strikes.

"Why did the Congress get impatient after listening about the surgical and air strikes? Why died they get rattled. Every Indian is proud of its security forces for the strikes", he said.

The Congress never had faith in the country's armed forces and they have doubted the capacity and capability of the military, Modi alleged.

"They have never understood the power of the We are using the power for the armed forces for the security of the nation. For the Congress, the is only a way of earning money," he said mentioning the Bofors scam.

Modi alleged that the Congress talked about the surgical and air strikes to hide their failures.

The prime minister paid tributes to B R on

Speaking in the local dialect in the beginning of his speech, Modi said, "Your vote in 2014 has given marginalised communities all the benefits."

"I will carry the initiative in the future too," he said.

Modi also slammed the Abdullahs and Muftis, saying the two families "ruined" three generations of and he will not allow them to "divide"

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 15:46 IST