Cong plans on AFSPA to put armed forces at risk: PM Modi
Siliguri, Apr 3: Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Wednesday accused the Congress of conspiring to put the lives of
soldiers “at risk” by promising to amend the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act
Modi said the Congress was planning to “tie
the hands” of the Army in front of the militants and stone-pelters in Jammu and
Kashmir and other militant prone areas
in the country with its AFSPA promise listed in the Lok Sabha election
The 2019 elections were a question of
“protecting the honour” of the armed forces, he told an election rally here.
“Yesterday the Congress released a ‘patra’
(manifesto) where they have tried to break down the confidence of the armed
forces. The Congress has said they will remove AFSPA from Kashmir and other
places. They are conspiring to tie the hands of our armed forces in front of
the militants and stone-pelters,” Modi said.
“Thousands of people from Darjeeling and
rest of West Bengal work to protect the country in such areas. AFSPA is like a
shield for the armed forces so that they can combat the militants in a proper
way. But these people do not have faith on our soldiers… That is why they are
daring to make such promises,” he said.
Terming the erstwhile UPA government a
“remote controlled” one which did not act against militants, Modi claimed he
was now standing like a “wall” between the militants and the people.
“All you have to do is to come together to
stop the conspiracy of putting the lives of our soldiers at risk. Your votes
are not just necessary for making the BJP win or re-electing Modi as Prime
Minister but are also needed to protect the respect of our armed forces.
“It is clear what kind of government they
want. When the UPA’s remote controlled government was in power in Delhi, there
had been a number of militant attacks but they never gave a free hand to our
Criticizing West Bengal Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee and other leaders of the opposition who he said raised
questions over the success of the Balakot air strike after the Pulwama militant
attack, the Prime Minister said that these leaders appeared more hurt than
Pakistan for giving the Indian Army a free hand.
“I gave a free hand to our Army. Do you
agree with this decision? When our forces killed the militants in Balakot, did
you feel happy or not? Did your heads go up in pride or not?” Modi asked, and
the crowds responded with a thunderous ‘yes’.
“But Didi did not like it and neither did
her allies… All these grand (leaders) cried so much after the air strike that
they became hero in Pakistan.”
Taking a swipe at Banerjee for seeking proof regarding the number of militants killed in Balakot, Modi said it seemed the Bengal Chief Minister “felt more pain than those in Islamabad, Rawalpindi or Karachi”.