Pak in a fix after Balakot air strikes: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Sunday said he decided upon the air strikes on Balakot in Pakistan as he believed the “game” should be played from where terrorism was being remote-controlled. Addressing a ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar‘ event, he said Pakistan was in a fix because if it acknowledged the strikes, it would have to accept that there was a terror camp there.

Replying to a question on corruption, Modi lashed out at rival Congress and said since 2014, he had succeeded in taking several corrupt people to the doorstep of jail and suggested that in his next term, he would put them behind bars. In fact, Modi blamed the bureaucracy for not being able to send the corrupt to jail yet.

“There are officers who worked with the previous regime… they are retiring and new people are coming in their places,” he said, while replying to the question on dealing with corruption and promised to put all the corrupt -both in the country and outside – in jail and recover the money they had looted.

Taking a dig at Congress’s minimum income programme, he said, “I want to tell first-time voters that they should see the track record and not listen to their ‘tape record’.” He said the country’s first PM had expressed concern about poverty and had talked about eliminating it. “His daughter then took it ahead, the slogan (to remove poverty) as well as poverty. Her son expanded the slogan and the country’s poverty,” Modi said.

“His widow then ran the country using a remote control for 10 years and she also expanded poverty. Now her shehzada is doing the same,” the PM said in a reference to former PMs Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, as well as former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul.

“For me, chowkidar is representative of Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of trusteeship,” he said, adding that the “country does not need rajas and maharajas, but it makes me happy that the spirit behind chowkidar is expanding”. While using the Balakot strikes to showcase his government’s determination to take on Pakistan, Modi said India sho-uld focus on its own development and not “bother much about Pakistan as it (the neighbouring country) will destroy itself”.

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