Bhoa (Pathankot), Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday shamed Narendra Modi for being featured by Time magazine as ‘India’s Divider in Chief’.
Addressing a rally here in support of Congress party’s Gurdaspur candidate Sunil Jakhar, the Chief Minister contrasted Modi’s poor international reputation, as endorsed by the Time magazine, against the respect that leaders like Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and even Atal Bihari Vajpayee had earned for the nation at global forums such as the United Nations.
The Time cover showed what the international community thought of Modi, who had lowered India’s prestige in the global arena, he said.
‘Modi’s shameful attempts to destroy the secular fabric of the country were a threat to its very existence,’ said Capt Amarinder, exhorting the people to vote for the future and unity of India, whose diversity and secularism were its core strengths. India needs a government that can keep it united, not leaders like Modi who are out to destroy the nation’s unity, he added.
The Prime Minister, he said, had hit an all-time low with his speeches, which was a first for the country. The fight today is for saving the country, he asserted. He apologised for the delay in reaching Bhoa saying it was the result of being denied permission to land in Pathankot on ‘petty instructions’ of the Modi government.
The Chief Minister said these were the cheap tactics that the Prime Minister was resorting to in sheer panic, in the face of BJP’s imminent defeat in these Lok Sabha polls.
He again lambasted Mr Modi for trying to take credit for Balakot, which was a victory not of the prime minister but the armed forces. The nation salutes the forces, who had been making unparalleled sacrifices over the years to defend the people of India and its borders, he added.
By giving cross-border raids the new jargon of surgical strikes, Mr Modi was misleading the people into believing that he had done something new or spectacular, when the fact was that there had been bigger such events in the past, including the 1971 war that divided Pakistan under Indira Gandhi, he said.