WION New Delhi, Delhi, India
Mar 04, 2017, 08.01 AM
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned for the BJP in a mega-rally held in Uttar Pradesh's Jaunpur district near his home constituency of Varanasi.
The prime minister slammed Opposition parties for politicising the Indian Army's surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Pakistan in September last year.
"It is unfortunate that some political parties are questioning the Army out of political motives. For them even national security is a political tool," Modi said at the election rally in Jaunpur.
"It is unfortunate that some parties, in their greed for power, are just focusing on politics of opposing. But the people of the nation will not forgive this..." he said.
PM Modi also claimed that the Congress government had ignored the Army's demand for One Rank One Pension (OROP) for 40 years.
"For 40 years our forces demanded OROP but nothing happened. I had promised a BJP government will deliver on OROP and we did," PM Modi said.
He also added that the Congress "made fun" of soldiers by sanctioning just Rs 500 crore for the OROP scheme before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
"They announced Rs 500 crore for OROP, and tried to cash in on it during the Lok Sabha polls. When we calculated, we found that Rs 12,000 crore is needed for OROP," Modi said. "Announcing just Rs 500 crore was cheating the Army."
Earlier, thousands of people lined-up for PM Modi's roadshow in Varanasi which goes to polls on March 8.
Eastern Uttar Pradesh witnessing the sixth phase of polling today.
It concluded with the prime minister offering prayers at the famous Kaal Bhairav Temple. The roadshow began from the main gate of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus main gate along with BJP chief Amit Shah.
Before beginning the roadshow, PM Modi put a garland on the statue of freedom fighter Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, who was also the founder of BHU.
There were reports of Samajwadi Pary workers erecting a stage in the middle of the prime minister's route which was removed by the police. Seven SP workers were detained by police.
BSP chief Mayawati also campaigned in Varanasi the same day, accusing the BJP of failing up to clean the Ganga river which remains one of the world's most polluted rivers. In 2014, Modi had famously promised to clean up the river as a part of his poll promise.