October 11, 2014 9:52:59 am
In poll-bound Haryana today, the BJP made the most of the “tough” stand taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in giving what they termed was a “befitting” reply to cross-border firing from Pakistan.
Addressing a rally here, BJP chief Amit Shah said things have changed since the Congress was in power in India and a bullet from Pakistan will be responded to by a bomb. “Ab pehle jaisa nahin hai, kee wahan se goli chalti hai aur apne jawan ki bandook chup rehti thi. Ab wahan se goli chalti hai to yahan se gola chalta hai. Eent ka jawab pathar se diya jaata hai (It is not like before that Pakistan would fire and our soldiers would be mute spectators. Now if they fire a bullet, we will fire a bomb,” he said.
“Earlier, when Pakistan engaged Kashmiri separatists in talks, India would still hold talks with Pakistan. Now this is not the case. This time when Pakistan started talking to separatists, our Prime Minister made it clear to Pakistan that Kashmir is an integral part of India and if they engage with the separatists we will not be able to talk to Pakistan,” he said.
As BJP supporters waited for Shah — who was late by several hours — party leaders repeatedly referred to the shelling of 43 Pakistani posts, evoking thunderous applause. “We have killed 15 of their (Pakistani) army-men and they have managed to kill only five. We have shelled their posts. It should be clear to Pakistan that now it is Modi in power not Dr Manmohan Singh,” said Gyanji Fauji, a local BJP leader.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had in his recent election speeches trained his guns at the NDA for “failing” to give a befitting reply to Pakistan and China over border violations.
Shah took on the Hooda-led government saying that its “10-year regime was marked by scams and to top them all was the manner in which Haryana’s land was handed over to Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law.”
Taking on INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala, Shah said there would be no “honour” for the people of Haryana to have a chief minister who is sworn in within jail.
He exhorted people to become a part of the “development march” led by Modi and contribute to the progress of the nation. “Modi has asked China, Japan and America to make in India so that our youth are employed. Already over 2000 companies have shown interest in coming to India and set up production units,” he said.
Short of speakers
Amit Shah arrived several hours late for all his rallies in Haryana today. In Uchana people had been called at 10 am but Shah reached at 3 pm. In Ladwa people gathered at 11 am but he reached at 3.30 pm. Most of the crowd had dispersed by then as the organizers fell short of speakers to address them. Speakers were repeated and some BJP leaders even cracked jokes to retain the thinning crowd.
Amit Shah seems to be scared of the “flying shoe”. Organisers announced before his arrival that those sitting in the front seats should not open their shoes. “This is what the instruction is,” said the apologetic organiser.
The saving grace that helped the organizers keep the crowd interested were ragini singers (performers of a traditional form of singing in Haryanvi) who kept the audience entertained for hours.
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