Pak cries Modi struck them but Oppn wants proof: PM

Pak cries Modi struck them but Oppn wants proof: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI file photo

Reinforcing the BJP campaign strategy ahead of Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday once again targeted the Opposition on air strike in Balakot saying they were seeking proof when Pakistan was "crying that Modi has hit them".

Modi also sought to put the blame on the UPA government for the terror attacks in the country, claiming it did not order strikes inside Pakistan following 2008 Mumbai terror attack despite the Indian Air Force expressing its readiness to strike the terror camps in the neighbouring country.

His remarks came at the inauguration of a series of projects at Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida, near Delhi, where he spent around the last 15 minutes of his 51-minute speech on the Pulwama terror attack and subsequent air strikes. Modi and other BJP leaders have upped the decibel levels on the issue and questioning Opposition, which is seeking official confirmation about details like the casualty.

"We entered their place and struck them. They never thought India would respond. They were expecting a Uri-style surgical strike after Pulwama. They deployed men and tanks on the border but we went by air. Pakistan's sleep broke to tweet at 5 AM crying that 'Modi ne maara' (Modi has struck us)," he said.

He said India did not say anything about the strike but it was Pakistan which made it public. He also suggested that the Indian Air Force was ready with a plan to strike Pakistan after the Mumbai attacks but the Manmohan Singh government did not give the green signal.

"The reason that Pakistan always thought that India would not strike them was because of the remote control government that was in place before 2014. India won't forget 26/11. They did not change the policy but changed the Home Minister. If the then government had responded, we would not have faced terror attacks," he said.

Emphasising that India now works on 'nayi reeti, nayi neeti' (new methods, new policies), he said the surgical strikes after Uri terror attack was the "first time (India) taught terrorists a lesson in a language they understand".

"Is it okay for you (the people) to have a government that does nothing? A chowkidar (referring to Prime minister) who sleeps?... They were thinking they can keep wounding India, wage attacks, proxy wars and India would not respond," he said.

He also claimed that some Opposition leaders are making statements that attract Pakistanis' applause. He also alleged that the opposition has turned "so hopeless that in their stubbornness to oppose Modi", they have started opposing the country also.