India will no longer be “helpless” in fighting terror: Modi

Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday declared that the country will no longer be “helpless” in the face of terror, saying a ‘New India’ will pay back terrorists with ‘interest’ and that their influence has been curtailed and will be curbed further. Modi also accused some opposition parties of doubting the armed forces and his government’s fight against terrorism, saying their statements are helping Pakistan and harming the country.

Telling opposition parties to stop weakening India with their statements to strengthen their own own politics, the prime minister said, “Modi will come and go, India will remain.” He did not name any party. “Every Indian is proud that the brave wing commander Abhinandan belongs to Tamil Nadu,” he said after inaugurating several government projects in the Rail and Road sectors. Modi said he is proud that India’s first woman Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is from Tamil Nadu.

Reiterating his government’s resolve against terrorism by retaliation, Modi slammed the previous Congress-led UPA government for not following such aggressive tactics and accused it of “blocking” surgical strikes post 26/11 Mumbai attacks in November 2008. “It has also brought our nation closer,” the prime minister said, an obvious pointer to the outpouring of support to Varthaman and India’s armed forces from the people

However, he said, it was sad that a few political parties “suspect our fight against terror.” When the entire nation supports the country’s armed forces, they “suspect the armed forces,” he said. “These are the same people whose statements are helping Pakistan and harming India. They are the same people whose statements are happily quoted in the Parliament of Pakistan and in the radio of Pakistan,” Modi said. “They should clarify- do they believe our armed forces or they believe those forces who support terrorism on our soil?

He asserted that the entire world was supporting India in its fight against terror Citing reports, the prime minister said though the Indian Air Force wanted to carry out surgical strikes post 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, “UPA blocked it.” “The nation expected those responsible for these acts of terror to be punished but nothing happened. 26/11 (Mumbai terror attacks) happened in India but nothing happened,” Modi said. “And today we are in an era where the news reads armed forces have full freedom to do what they want.” He rued the bomb blasts at Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune between 2004 and 2014 when the UPA was in power