'What is it that you have against our army,' PM Modi asks Congress at Gujarat election rally

He said the Congress released a meagre amount of Rs 500 crore for OROP when elections were approaching even when the real requirement was a lot more. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 29, 2017, 09.32 AM (IST)

While addressing a rally in Prachi, Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Congress "What is it that you have against our army?" 

Referring to One Rank One Pension(OROP), he said the demand for raising pension for the armed forces was pending for forty long years, obliquely referring to the Congress.

He said the Congress released a "meagre amount of Rs 500 crore when elections were approaching even when the real requirement was a lot more." 

He questioned the opposition Congress while posing the question:"Why did successive Congress governments do nothing about that?"

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Taking a dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's recent visit to Somnath temple, PM Modi said that India's first prime minister(Nehru) was not in favour of a temple being built in Somnath. 

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PM Modi said: "Today some people are remembering Somnath, I have to ask them- have you forgotten your history? Your family members, our first PM was not happy with the idea of a temple being built there."

"If there was no Sardar Patel, the temple in Somnath would never have been possible," he added.

" When Rajendra Prasad was to come to inaugurate the Somnath Temple, Pandit Nehru expressed his displeasure. Sardar Patel dreamt about the Narmada but your family did not let that dream be fulfilled."

Speaking about Constitutional status for OBC commission, PM Modi said that though Congress seeks to get votes from OBC communities, they didn't allow OBC Commission to get Constitutional status in all these years. 

He said the move was introduced in the Lok Sabha but was stalled in the Rajya Sabha, where Congress has the majority. He assured to give the OBC community "their due".

He said: "I want to assure you, Congress may try to put roadblocks, I am committed to ensure their design fail. Parliament is meeting soon and we are going to bring that issue on the floor of the House again. We want to give our OBC communities their due."