‘Will Jawans Take EC’s Permission Before Firing at Militants?’: PM

As campaigning for Lok Sabha polls entered its final phase, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, 12 May, predicted the defeat of the opposition parties, saying the people were voting for an effective government.

"Opposition parties will fall flat in polls. This is because people are voting for an effective and honest government," he said at an election rally in Kushinagar and later in Deoria in eastern UP, which go to polls in the last phase on 19 May.

Referring to the encounter in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday morning, Modi wondered:

"“Will our jawans take EC’s permission before opening fire at militants? Opposition ne kya khel bana rakha hai? (What drama is the opposition enacting).”" - PM Modi

In both Kushinagar and Deoria, he said it was surprising that opposition parties were saying that elections were on and the security forces were opening fire on militants.

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"In the morning when reports and news come, I learn that terrorists have been gunned down in Kashmir. Now some people are perturbed over the fact that when polling is going on today, then why did Modi kill the terrorists? They (terrorists) are standing with guns toting, will my jawan go to seek the permission of the Election Commission, whether I should fire at the terrorist or not.”

"Since we have come to power, every second-third day, terrorists are killed. This safai abhiyaan is my work," he said.

Modi said the SP and the BSP were incapable of taking on terrorists.

About the Congress, he said, "Congress ne pahley jawan ka sar katwaya (jawan was beheaded during Congress rule), now the party has become 'vote katwa' (vote cutter)."

Attacking the SP-BSP alliance, Modi said he had been the chief minister of Gujarat more than the terms of Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati combined as Uttar Pradesh chief ministers, and there was no blot of corruption on him.

"Now these people have started demanding a certificate of my caste. I never indulge in caste politics and by your blessings, it was never needed. But when they are demanding a certificate, I tell them that I may have been born in an extremely backward caste, but my dream is to make India a front-runner (in the world).”

"To all casteist leaders, I would like to say my only caste is poor, my only identity is poor. I have faced poverty, felt its pain and came out of poverty. And with the blessings of the poor, I have got the opportunity to serve the country," Modi said.

"“I held the post of chief minister of Gujarat for a long time and the post of prime minister has been given by you. But neither I nor my family ever misused the post or the power. I have been CM for a longer time when compared to the combined stint of ‘bua’ (Mayawati) and ‘babua’ (Akhilesh Yadav).” " - PM ModiModi Slams Mayawati Over Alwar Gangrape Case

Hitting out at BSP chief Mayawati for her remarks on the Alwar gangrape case, the prime minister asked her "not to shed crocodile tears" for the victim.

"If you are serious, why don't you withdraw support from the Congress government in Rajasthan," he asked.

Even the Congress government wanted to suppress the incident involving a Dalit woman, he said, adding that the party thought "hua toh hua", a reference to Sam Pitroda's remark on 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Hitting out at the Opposition, Modi said, "The biggest example of how the 'mahamilawat' of SP-BSP-Congress actually works is Rajasthan. A Dalit daughter was gangraped and there is the government of Congress and 'naamdaar'. And the Rajasthan government is not a government which enjoys full majority. It is working with the support of BSP. It is busy in hushing up the matter."

The PM also made a reference to the Lucknow guest house incident, saying the “entire country was pained” when the incident happened.

(This story has been edited for length and language.)

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