New Delhi, Oct.20:
After failing to push terrorists and arms into India, Pakistan is resorting to drug smuggling with an aim to destroying our youth, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Haryana’s Sirsa district on Saturday, the last day of campaign for October 21 assembly elections.
“The youth of Haryana must fight drug menace. It destroys not only individuals but also their families and the larger society. Our neighbours first tried to push terrorists and weapons into India. Now they have resorted to pushing in drugs to destroy our youth. We must fight drug menace as we fight terrorism,” the Prime Minister said at his Ellenabad rally.
Prime Minister Modi also touched upon the issues of water for farmers, jobs for youth, the Kartarpur corridor, abrogation of Article 370 and the alleged misdeeds of the former Congress governments in the state that is currently ruled by Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government.
On the corridor that links Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur to Darbar Sahib gurdwara in Kartarpur, the PM said: “Did the people responsible for marking the line of partition in 1947 not think that devotees shouldn’t be kept away from Guru by 4 km? Should Congress government not have made effort to eliminate this distance? Congress and parties affiliated to its culture never respected Indians’ culture.”
Saying that the Kartarpur corridor was almost complete, the PM added: “This opportunity has come 7 decades after independence, 70 years went by. What can be a bigger misfortune than this that we had to see a holy place from afar, through a pair of binoculars?”
Referring to the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, PM MOdi said ,”Sleeping governments kept making the situation in Kashmir worse. A part of us was snatched away – PoK was formed. Some years after, Sufi tradition was finished…Leaders in Delhi thought that if they look after 1-2 families, Kashmir will be looked after…Then a move was made where Kashmiri Pandits were murdered in Kashmir, daughters were raped, and they were forced to leave Kashmir.”
Launching a stinging attack on the Congress, the Prime Minister said Haryana had become the epicentre of scams for the part. “If any family of the party needed land or contracts they would look to Haryana,” he said.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to address his second rally in Rewari later in the day. The state goes to polls on October 21, along with Maharashtra and votes will be counted on October 24.