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Modi attacks Congress over lack of war memorial

Mumbai: Narendra Modi today attacked the Congress-led UPA government over lack of a war memorial as he targeted the massive constituency in the armed forces, minutes after felicitating melody queen Lata Mangeshkar on the 51st
PTI January 28, 2014 10:08 IST
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Mumbai: Narendra Modi today attacked the Congress-led UPA government over lack of a war memorial as he targeted the massive constituency in the armed forces, minutes after felicitating melody queen Lata Mangeshkar on the 51st anniversary of her memorable song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon'.  

In his politically loaded speech, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate referred to the beheading of an Indian soldier by Pakistan, cyber attacks by China and alleged lack of funding for acquisition of weaponry, to mount a scalding assault on the Centre.

“There is no country in the world where there is not a war memorial. India has fought several wars, thousands of our soldiers have been martyred but there is no memorial to honour their sacrifice.

“Should we not remember them? Should not there be a war memorial? I feel some good things have been left for me to do,” he said, apparently referring to surveys predicting a good BJP showing in the Lok Sabha polls.  

As the crowd lustily cheered “Modi lao desh bachao (bring Modi, save the nation), the Gujarat Chief Minister said,”this is not the voice of Mumbai alone, this is the voice of the entire country, from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari, and it is said people's voice is a message from God.” The BJP's prime ministerial contender touched upon the highly emotive issue of beheading of a soldier by the Pakistanis.

“A small country beheads our jawan and we fail to do anything. Bring the head of our soldier back to the Indian soil,” he said, adding more Indian soldiers had lost their lives in terrorist attacks than wars.

“A soldier who wants to take the enemy's bullet on his chest suffers the most when he dies in his own cantonment instead of the battlefield,” he said.