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Kozhikode rally: PM Narendra Modi challenged Pakistan to battle, but it’s not what you think

PM Modi said, "I call upon people of Pakistan to come forward, fight a war on who defeats unemployment, poverty, illiteracy first. Lets see who wins the battle."

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Kozhikode: Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by Kerala-BJP President Kummanam Rajashegaran at airport in Kozhikode on Saturday. PTI Photo

Addressing a rally in Kozhikode, Kerala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, challenged the people of Pakistan to fight a battle against India. In the challenge, the PM deviated from the conventional ideas of war and asked Pakistan to declare war against poverty, illiteracy and unemployment in their country. The PM added that both the countries should compete and fight the obstacles in their own homeland and each should strive to emerge a winner in that battle.

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PM Modi said, “I call upon people of Pakistan to come forward, fight a war on who defeats unemployment, poverty, illiteracy first. Lets see who wins the battle.”

Speaking on poverty, the PM said, “Let’s end poverty. You end poverty in your country. Let’s fight that war. The people of Pakistan will like this.”

Taking a jibe at illiteracy, PM Modi said, “I want to talk to the little boys in Pakistan. Let’s fight against illiteracy. Pakistan should fight to eradicate illiteracy and so should India. Let’s see who emerges the winner in that war.”

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On the rate of infant mortality faced in both the countries PM Modi said, “In India infants and pregnant women die. In Pakistan also the scenario is the same. Let’s fight to save them. You fight to save them, we’ll also fight to save them. Let’s see who wins.”

With reference to unemployment issue, PM Modi, said, “Citizens of Pakistan let’s fight the war on unemployment. Let’s see who can end unemployment first, let’s see who wins the battle.”

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In a first public speech since the Uri attack, the PM lashed out at Pakistan and warned its leadership that the terror attack will not be forgotten and the sacrifice of 18 jawans will not go in vain. He said that India will mount an all-out offensive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically to expose its activities in exporting terror, killing of innocent people and bloodshed.

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He started his address in Malayalam and said, “When we think of Kerala, we think of God’s Own Country, it has an impression of purity and holiness.” He addressed the nation at the backdrop of a three-day BJP conclave which is ongoing in Kozhikode. PM is on a two-day visit, where he will participate in the National Council meet.

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Meanwhile, BJP President Amit Shah has said that the Modi government has successfully implemented the dreams of Deendayal Upadhyay. Earlier, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu had addressed a public rally in Calicut where he said that under Congress rule, policy was PM presides Madam decides, but now it is PM presides and team decides. “For us, nation first, party second and individual last,” added Naidu.