BRINGING INTO focus the issue of surgical strikes in election-bound Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hailed people of his parliamentary constituency and expressed gratitude for celebrating “Chhoti Diwali” in Varanasi when the special forces carried out the strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC.
Modi said he had seen on television and read in newspapers and some locals also informed him over the phone, that many residents of Varanasi had celebrated Chhoti Diwali after the September 29 surgical strikes.
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“Kashiwasiyon ne desh ke surakshabalon ka jo gaurav gaan kiya, maa Ganga ki aarti ko jis prakar se samarpit kiya,
yahan ka saansad honay ke naate aapke dwaraa sena ka itna sammaan ho, gaurav ho toh khushion ka paar nahin rahta (The way whole of Kashi broke into celebrations, as your MP, I feel proud of the manner in which you paid tribute and expressed your support to the soldiers),” Modi said at a public rally after launching several projects here.
He also said, “Ye jo aapne Chhoti Diwali manai hai, uske liye main aapka hriday se aabhar vyakt karta hoon (I am grateful to you for celebrating this Chhoti Diwali).” After many years, Modi said, the people have been able to convey to the soldiers “that the entire nation of 125 crore Indians is behind them”.
Asking people to remember the soldiers even when there is no violation of ceasefire or violence along the LoC or
the border, he urged them to send Diwali greetings to the forces through the Modi app.