A finger pressing a button on the EVM is more powerful than a finger on the trigger of an AK-47 rifle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today, three days after terrorists from Pakistan had killed 11 security personnel near the Line of Control in Uri. Addressing an election rally in Samba, he asked the people not to let the sacrifice of the jawans go waste.
“While a finger on the trigger of an AK-rifle takes a life, the one pressing a button on the EVM changes the destiny of a nation,” he told a crowd around one lakh strong at Raya Morh, 1 km from the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
Modi praised the people of the state for the record turnout during first two phases.
“Creating history by polling 71, 72 per cent, you have not only expressed your faith in Indian democracy, but through your ballot have also defeated those who by resorting to bullets had been trying to mislead the world. You have shown the world that the ballot is more powerful than the bullet.”
Promising to commend the people of the state wherever he travels in the country, Modi said the heavy turnout is also a lesson for those who do not vote despite living in areas that are peaceful.
“This is the strength of democracy. Army jawans have sacrificed a lot for your democracy; don’t let their sacrifice go waste,” Modi said, appealing to people to vote in large numbers during the remaining three phases and bring in a majority BJP government. “Even you have the power, the power to press a finger on the EVM, and that is more powerful than the AK-47 rifle.”
The one lakh turnout came about despite the fact that people were made to walk nearly 2 km from the national highway to reach the venue in view of a heavy security bandobast following recent terror attacks in Jammu and also the Kashmir valley. The crowd comprised men and women, mostly young, and included many Muslims. Many were seen coming in even after Modi had completed his speech.
Modi said even misguided Kashmiri youth were feeling the burden of the AK-47 rifle and they wanted to get rid of it and hold Android One instead. “The time has gone and these people don’t know that even the misguided youth want to have Android One in their hands rather than this 5-to-6-kg or 10-kg AK-47 rifle. We want to put in their hands the power of a computer.
We want to give them the power to write new dreams,” he said.
The Prime Minister attacked all three major opponents. He accused the Congress of opportunistic politics by sitting in the lap of the National Conference or the PDP, whichever comes to power. And when people seek answers from it, he said, the Congress backstabs them saying the government was useless. “If their government was useless, why did it keep sitting on their side?”