Earlier one heard of Israel, Indian Army no less: PM Modi on surgical strike

Emphasising OROP, PM Modi said when he last came to Himachal to campaign, he had promised OROP, which he has fulfilled.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: October 19, 2016 2:39 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being warm welcome by party leaders in Mandi on Tuesday. Express photo by Lalit Kumar. 18.10.2016. Prime Minister Narendra Modi being warm welcome by party leaders in Mandi on Tuesday. Express photo by Lalit Kumar.

Hailing the Army for its surgical strikes on terror launch pads along the Line of Control, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said “earlier one heard about Israel doing such a thing, now the country has seen that the Indian Army is no less”.

Addressing the BJP’s parivartan rally at the Paddal Maidan in Mandi, the Prime Minister, who described Himachal Pradesh as not just a “devbhoomi” (land of gods) but also a “virbhoomi” (land of braves) where there is a tradition of every family sending a member to the Army, said the entire country was discussing the Army’s strikes.
Drawing loud cheers with his praise of ex-servicemen for providing “strength” to the new generation, Modi took a swipe at previous Congress governments at the Centre for delaying and misleading people on the issue of one rank-one pension (OROP) for 40 years.

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He said the earlier governments never did an analysis of the OROP cost burden and how it could be executed. “I did it and was puzzled to find that the economic burden kept rising. It worked out to be more than Rs 10,000 crore,” he said, adding it was difficult for any government to make such a big allocation in one go.
He said he spoke to the armed forces and offered to release the money in four instalments to which they agreed. “Over Rs 5,500 crore in the first instalment has been given. The rest too will be done. A promise hanging fire for 40 years has been fulfilled,” he said.

Targeting Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh where elections are due next year, Modi said BJP chief ministers were known for dedicating themselves to causes like drinking water and roads — Shanta Kumar was known as “paaniwala mukhya mantri” for his work on water supply schemes while Prem Kumar Dhumal was known as “sadakwala mukhya mantri” for his road construction works.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Modi during a parivartan rally in Mandi on Tuesday. Express photo by Lalit Kumar. 18.10.2016. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Modi during a parivartan rally in Mandi on Tuesday. Express photo by Lalit Kumar.

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“Do I need to explain what the current chief minister is known for?” Modi asked the crowd about Virbhadra Singh who is facing corruption allegations. He said there were demands for seeking an account of the money sent to the state government. “Not only us, the people of Himachal Pradesh will demand an answer (from Virbhadra Singh).”
Recalling his old associating with Himachal Pradesh when he was then a BJP general secretary, Modi said the projects he was inaugurating were founded by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “I was also present as the organisation’s in-charge and who would have thought that I will get the opportunity to inaugurate them,” he said.

The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation three flagship 800 MW hydropower station of NTPC-Koldam, 520 MW Parbati project of NHPC and 412 MW Rampur hydro station of SJVNL. Appreciating the contribution of public sector companies in the country’s growth, Modi said that the hydro projects will bring prosperity to Himachal Pradesh and other parts of the nation.

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    Ram
    Oct 18, 2016 at 11:36 am
    Everybody knows Indian army conducted surgical strikes those who are denying have wasted interest that is universal truth. but please don't equate it with Israel army. Israel army is doing wrong in Indian perspective.
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      Ikok
      Oct 18, 2016 at 5:20 pm
      In a confessional video aired by the Inter-Services Public Relations and Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed at a joint press conference, Jadhav said: "I am still a serving officer in the Indian Navy and will be due for retirement in 2022."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"By 2002, I commenced intelligence operations. In 2003, I established a small business in Chabahar in Iran. As I was able to achieve undetected existence and visits to Karachi in 2003 and 2004 and, having done some basic ignments within India for RAW, I was picked up by RAW in 2013 end."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Since then, he said he has been directing various activities in Karachi and Balochistan "at the behest of RAW", adding that he had pla a role in the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"I am basically the man for Mr Anil Kumar Gupta who is the joint secretary of RAW and his contacts in stan," he said, "especially in the Baloch student organisation". His purpose was to meet Baloch insurgents and carry out "activities with their collaboration", he explained.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"These activities have been of anti-national or terrorist nature," he said, as they resulted in the "killing or maiming of stani citizens".
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        Ikok
        Oct 18, 2016 at 5:42 pm
        This your army man..what is he doing in stan
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          Ikok
          Oct 18, 2016 at 5:39 pm
          What about India not allowing UNHRC in Kashmir
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            Ikok
            Oct 18, 2016 at 5:40 pm
            What about India not allowing UNHRC in Kashmir.. stupid..
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              Ikok
              Oct 18, 2016 at 1:02 pm
              All muslims in India will soon be taged as s.. What a secular country..
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                Kashif
                Oct 18, 2016 at 11:15 am
                Where ur nation has seen . plz show them at least . a single evidence every one is crying plz show them single evidence . you are making them fool . you were slapped during brics . how big lier u r don't u feel shame saying our nation has seen bravery of surgical strikes .aleast show them a single evidence
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                  Kumran
                  Oct 18, 2016 at 1:04 pm
                  Suk their.....
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