PM Narendra Modi addresses an election rally at Damoh in Madhya Pradesh on Friday.
PM Narendra Modi addresses an election rally at Damoh in Madhya Pradesh on Friday.Photo | ANI

This election is about making India big global power in next five years: Modi in MP poll rally

In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Modi said a neighbouring country that is supplying 'aatank' (terror) is now struggling for 'aata' (flour).

DAMOH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the ongoing Lok Sabha election is about making India a big global power in the next five years and asserted a strong and stable government was needed in view of the prevailing situation in the world.

"This is an election to make India a big power in the world... When there is an atmosphere of war in the world, then a government working on a war footing is very important in India. In such a time, there should be a strong government and only the BJP government with a full majority can do this," the prime minister said while addressing an election rally at Damoh in Madhya Pradesh.

Modi also accused the Congress of weakening the defence sector for decades when in power and alleged the opposition party did not want French-made Rafale fighter jets to come to India.

On the other hand, his government is strengthening the defence sector, said Modi. "The BJP government is making our defence forces self-reliant; India is exporting weapons to many countries. India is exporting BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to the Philippines," he said.

In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Modi said a neighbouring country that is supplying 'aatank' (terror) is now struggling for 'aata' (flour).

The PM asserted that his government was committed to the welfare of the poor and pointed out that the Centre has extended the free ration scheme for five more years for nearly 80 crore beneficiaries.

Modi praised Iqbal Ansari, a former litigant in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, for accepting the invitation to attend the January 22 consecration ceremony at the Ram temple in Ayodhya, and slammed the opposition for boycotting the event.

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