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Modi Slammed For Addressing BJP Video Conference, Keeping Mum on Captured IAF Pilot, Tensions With Pak

"Booth soldiers need to step up now," said the BJP prime ministerial candidate for 2019 Polls.

The last day of February proved to be an eventful one. Between rumours of more military escalation, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan talking about peace, and Pakistan agreeing to release Wing Commander Abhinandan, much has transpired. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, hasn’t said much to the public, save in what the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) touted as the “world’s largest video conference.”

As a part of the “Mera Booth Sabse Mazboot” programme, PM Modi reportedly interacted with one crore BJP workers, volunteers and supporters from 15,000 locations across the country. Not just Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and other prominent leaders of the party also participated in the programme from BJP’s Delhi headquarters.

Modi, in his e-address, said, “Every citizen in the country right now wants to contribute in some way or the other towards India’s betterment. Every Indian has an unshakable belief in himself as well as the government, and that is our biggest achievement.”

He also, despite the military situation in the country, spoke about elections. As per NDTV, he said, “Booth soldiers need to step up now. If you win your booth, if you win hearts of people, you can work directly for the nation.”

Addressing the Pulwama terror attack and the Balakot airstrikes rather vaguely, Modi said, “When the enemy supports terror and carries out activity against India, it is with the intent that India’s progress gets stalled. But we must all ensure that we stand together, stand united, stand with our soldiers to ensure we are strong… ensure that no matter what, our progress and our work does not stop.” He added that the nation stands with jawans and that India won’t stop at any cost.

Opposition parties slammed both the BJP and Modi for going ahead with the event at a time when an Indian Air Force pilot was in Pakistan’s custody.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, and many more tweeted, criticising Modi’s decision to campaign while the nation sat gripped in fear.

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