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Hours after the Indian Air Force (IAF) struck terrorist camps across in Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the people that the country was in safe hands and the government would take all measures to protect the country.
Ahead of the upcoming general elections Modi said votes of people would make the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and him stronger while weakening those who are planning to form a coalition government at the Centre.
“I want to assure the people of India that the country is in safe hands. I will not let the country suffer. I will protect the honour of the country, I will not let the country bow down," Modi said at a public meeting in Churu, Rajasthan.
This is the first statement from Modi after India carried out an air strike deep inside Pakistan. The strike was in retaliation to the killing of 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in an attack by a suicide bomber in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The votes of the people will give strength to the BJP and me. These will also weaken those who believe they can form a coalition government and a weak government at the Centre," the prime minister added.
Reiterating the commitment of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to work for the benefit of financially weaker sections, farmers and the youth, Modi said the government was making efforts to work for the poor by providing them cooking gas, houses, power, cash transfers and health insurance.
“It is the strength of the people’s votes which made a strong government. We want to give equal opportunities to farmers, soldiers and the youth. The Union government is working for the uplift of the poor and marginalised," said Modi.