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Will not rest till those who looted country paid back: PM

Shrinagar/Pithoragarh, Feb 12 (PTI): Asserting that he will not rest till those who looted the country paid back, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the voters in Uttarakhand to give exemplary punishment in the polls to people who ruined their future. He launched a frontal attack on Congress for "insulting" the armed forces by questioning the surgical strikes, "sleeping" over OROP for 40 years and for "indulging" in corruption.

"The time for those who looted the country for 70 years has come to an end. I promise that those who looted the country will have to pay back now. Neither will I rest nor will I let the looters rest in peace till this task is complete. It is time everyone gives an account now," Modi told his last poll rally in Pithoragarh ahead of the February 15 election.

He exhorted the people to vote out the "tainted" Congress government that sullied 'devbhoomi's' image turning it into a "lootbhoomi" and "ruined" the state due to its lack of vision to tap its full potential. He also hit out at Congress accusing it of opposing Uttarakhand's creation and said it has now aligned with SP the government of which in Uttar Pradesh then committed atrocities on people agitating for the state's formation.

Modi asked the people to take a pledge to hand down exemplary punishment in the polls to those who played with their future so that no future government dares to do so. Describing Uttarakhand as a land of the brave soldiers, he attacked Congress for questioning the veracity of the surgical strikes, which, he said, "insulted the armed forces and the valour of those who made supreme sacrifice for the country".

"It is a misfortune of our country that some parties and leaders raise questions about our armed forces and the valour of those who laid down their lives for the country. No one should ever question their bravery," he said. Terming the cross-LoC strikes as a "big incident" in military history which various security agencies across the world are studying, he said when Indian soldiers carried out the operation and demolished terrorist camps without losing a single life, Congress posed several questions including how no one was killed in the attack.

"Does it behove Congress to do this. Is this not an insult to the armed forces? Is this not an insult to the valour of our brave soldiers? You do politics and attack Modi as much as you can, but don't ever raised doubts about our military and the soldiers' bravery," he said. Attacking Congress for "sleeping over" the one-rank one- pension (OROP) issue for 40 long years, Modi said, "Did they not insult the armed forces by ignoring the soldiers' claims for so long.

"Did they not make fun and insulted the armed forces by earmarking a mere Rs 500 crore in the budget for OROP which would have cost a total of Rs 12,500 crore. Our government has already paid Rs 6,500 crore to the soldiers as OROP benefit," he said.

Earlier, addressing a rally at GITI Maidan in Shrinagar, Modi said Congress had no vision for growth even though the state had great potential in tourism and allied sectors. "It is three months since demonetisation happened but they are still abusing me. Don't you think I should make those who have looted this country ruthlessly by taking away the poor's share and exploited the middle-class for 70 years pay back.

"I won't sit relaxed until I have made them do so. I have waged a war against corruption and black money for the sake of the poor and nothing can make me step back. I am ready to face anything for the sake of the country's poor," he said. Asking people to give his party a chance to drive it to new heights of development in Uttarakhand over the next five years, he said, "Have you ever thought why despite having such great potential Uttarakhand has lagged behind Chattisgarh and Jharkhand which were created together by Atal Bihari Vajpayee?

"In spite of the Maoist problem, Chattisgargh with a BJP government has established itself among the fastest growing states," he said. Similarly, Jharkhand despite being a backward area has begun to attract investors under BJP rule, he said. Modi said that he has grand plans to tap the state's tourism potential and herbal wealth to lure visitors from all over the world to its doorsteps.

Alleging that Chief Minister Harish Rawat failed to stop exodus from villages in hills due to lack of job opportunities, he asked why should a state that has the potential to attract the whole world in fields of tourism, herbal wealth and unique traditions in yoga should suffer from migration of young people in search of livelihood.

Stressing that the Centre's promotional efforts has popularised yoga all over the world and people from far corners wanted to visit Haridwar and Rishikesh, he said there is tremendous untapped potential in these cities to develop as international yoga destinations.

Comment on this article

  • kas, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    True... the curses of the innocents of Gujrat riots ( hindus & Muslims ) will not allow you to rest till justice is given to them ... The Google has rightly awarded the certificate to you ....

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  • Ifthikhar, Managalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    It is not worthy for a PM of the country to stoop to so low level in politics. Saying I will not rest till those who looted country paid back shows his cunningness. Now who will pay back the money from Gali Janardhana Reddy who looted the country and spent 500 cores for his daughter’s wedding recently which was attended by a lot of BJP ministers. Is this alone not enough to know how honest our PM and his party is?

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  • Anand, Karkala

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Modiji should arrange some funds to transfer each and every account holders to get 100% support. Our neighbours are also commenting on this forum...

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  • Ks, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Where are the blind bhaktas? Not to be seen. Nobody is available to defend his hale raaga. It clearly shows that they are also fed up

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Yes, Chhota Modi (Lalit), Mallya etc. must be brought to book to help lift poor Ambanis and Adanis out of poverty ! LOL

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  • Kevin, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Wiil Modi ask Adani to pay the market price for land the Gujarat government gave to Adani for a pittance when Modi ruled Gujarat?

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  • Shaan, Sharjah

    Sun, Feb 12 2017

    He cries for those 70 years. He cries for ram mandir. He cries for black money.
    He remembers all these things only during elections. What is he thinking, are the people foolish? Mr. modi, don't underestimate the power of a common man. He knows whom to get into power and whom to show the door. Stop these crocodile tears. Now your religious card won't work. If you want really to hang around please work for the development of country and the community irrespective of the religion. Jai hind.

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  • Bharath, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 12 2017

    Enough is enough for the speeches please do some good work towards the nation rather than speech always

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  • Harish Putran, Mulki

    Sun, Feb 12 2017

    Feku PM we are hearing your feku speeches since you came to power ... it shows that you can give only feku speeches... atleast fulfill a single promise that you promised

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Sun, Feb 12 2017

    This is not only a FAKE but also an UNWORTHY statement. Those who looted the country like Reddy brothers, who all know accused in illegal mining scam, further, bribeing judges, further, smuggling belekeri iron ore, can get their daughter married in a 500cr royal wedding, attended by BJP leaders.

    This one instance is more than enough for any real Indian, to know how honest is BJP and its leadership.

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  • Pratap Rao, Bangalore

    Sun, Feb 12 2017

    It is unfortunate that we have a dull Prime Minister without a single new idea. His speeches are repetitive. Other than 70 years of Congress corruption he has nothing else to say. That his party members have made more money than Congresswallas in three years he does not like to highlight. He thinks citizens of this country are dunces. So he repeats thinking that lies become truth because he says it again and again.

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  • ABDUL RAFIQ, Uchila

    Sun, Feb 12 2017

    This joker is uttering the same dialogue since last three years. But he could do nothing also he can't do anything till end of his tenure in 2019. His bhkths can enjoy from his bol bachan and bhashanas.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Wash DC.

    Sun, Feb 12 2017

    'Na Khaoonga.... na Khane Doonga'

    -Narendra Damodardas Modi

    'Modi took Rs 45 Crore bribes from Birla and Sahara when he was CM of Gujrat, and these details were found in Diaries during Income tax raids and were recorded by IT dept with witnesses names and signature'

    -Arvind Kejriwal

    People above are statements of PM and Delhi CM, both cannot be right here, who is right who is decide...


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  • Mark Dcruz, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 12 2017

    First let he and amit Shah confess .

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 12 2017

    Another fake promise just for vote sake. Can you first stop free voter ID distributed to army jawans in Goa to vote BJP on the last day of election campaign. Jawans are already registered in thier own constituency and should vote from there as per law.

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  • Sheikh M, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 12 2017

    He has been telling since 2014, but still now he couldn't able to get money back , There he gave 100 days target to get money back . Now 3 years already passed still he shamelessly utter the same slogan" Will not rest until get money back". His chamcha's like Baba ramdev, Subbu swamy once they hell bend on black money, seems that their tongue get permanent stroke after BJP took the power. But Modi continuously utter the same slogan as if some one else in the power, Their nautanki usually starts before any type of elections

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  • Peter, KSA

    Sun, Feb 12 2017

    Sir, though you pretend like nothing is known to you, public knows very well that those who looted the country are settled in UK by your blessing, enjoying luxurious life. Don't fool people. May be bunch of bhakts you can fool, but not all.

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  • Cyril Dsouza, Mumbai/mangalore

    Sun, Feb 12 2017

    First you have to start cleaning your own home like Yeddy Eashwar Reddy and so on then after that start with the bigger fishes in the sea . You should respect the peoples mandate but you did not in the case of Uttarakhand and tried to break the party by luring the MLAs and it was the same in North eastern states, Jharkhand Chhatisgarh Assam and its a shame that you and your Amit shah did to these states.

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    Sun, Feb 12 2017

    PM's very speech makes me sick! Always disrespecting and insulting others. I still look for the leaders like Dr. Abdul Kalam, Dr. Manmohan Singh who talk less and work more!

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Sun, Feb 12 2017

    FEKUji... before giving statements, you have to mention whether it is 'Jumla' or you really mean it. Don't just throw...!

    To fool people of the country you blame opposition always... show the nation, what action you have taken against your own party leaders for their corruption and anti-social activities. Your party is not 'party of saints', remember!

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