Vajpayee praised Indira Gandhi for 1971 war victory, why no credit for PM Modi: Rajnath Singh

The Home Minister asked the Congress party why PM Modi was not praised for the Balakot air strikes against Pakistan when Indira Gandhi received credit for the 1971 victory.

Published: 29th April 2019 09:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th April 2019 09:35 PM   |  A+A-

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (File photo | PTI)

By PTI

BHOPAL: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Monday hit out at the opposition for not appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the surgical and air strikes on Pakistan and reminded them of the praise showered on Indira Gandhi by Atal Bihari Vajpayee after the victory in the 1971 war.

Addressing a rally in Shamshabad, part of Sagar Lok Sabha seat, Singh also lambasted the Congress-led Madhya Pradesh government for "playing with people's emotions by making false promises".

"When India defeated Pakistan in the 1971 war, our leader (Vajpayee), despite being in the opposition, praised then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. It showed Atalji was large-hearted," he said.

"I want to ask Congressmen when (Indira) Gandhi can be praised for the 1971 victory, then why not Modi for giving a befitting reply to Pakistan," he said.

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There was a power outage during his speech, leading to Singh ridiculing the Congress, calling it an example of its governance in the state.

Early in the day, MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath faced embarrassment when power tripped while he was casting his vote in Chhindwara.

He said the NDA government would eradicate poverty if given another five-year term.

Singh also addressed rallies in Damoh and Bhind Lok Sabha constituencies.

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