Hyderabad, Aug 11: Gujarat chief minister and BJP's potential PM candidate Narendra Modi today asked the Centre to deliver a strong message to Pakistan over cross-border raids, saying Pakistan need to understand there will be consequences.
Slamming UPA and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over Government's Pakistan policy in the wake of the LoC attack, Modi alleged that national security is being ignored due to "vote bank politics".
"This government of Delhi cannot provide security to the nation. This government, neck deep in vote bank politics, cannot provide security to our nation... When the Indian jawans were beheaded, the Prime Minister had said that Pakistan will be accounted for it," Modi said addressing his much-publicised rally here.
"Now when the Pakistani Army, this week, shot dead our jawans, I want to ask the Prime Minister. He had promised that we will not tolerate such things. What is the reason that a country of 125 crore is silently tolerating when Pakistan is going back on its promise one by one?"
The LoC attack in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir early this month in which specialised troops of Pakistan were involved left five jawans dead."What is the protocol with those, who behead our soldiers," he asked.
Modi, the chief of BJP's national election campaign, began his speech in Telugu drawing applause from his supporters, who had come to listen to him by paying Rs 5 as entry fee.
He also alleged that the jawans of Indian Army deployed on the Bangladesh border have been asked not to use weapons even if there was an assault from the other side.
Raising the issue of Chinese incursion, the Gujarat Chief Minister attacked External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid for his remarks on his visit to Beijing.
"Shame, Shame Shame on You. Shame on You, who are running the government of India. You are spraying acid on the wounds of 125 crore Indians...," he said.
After his visit to Beijing recently, Khurshid said he would "love to live in Beijing."
Modi also slammed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over the detention of BJP leader Arun Jaitley at airport and preventing him from visiting riots-hit Kishtwar and said it smacks of an attempt to "hide" the "tale of a crime" that has happened there.
Here are some main pointers from his speech:
--We need to send a strong message to Pakistan. They need to understand that there will be consequences
--On Bangladesh border, the BSF can't use any weapons against any Bangladeshi intruders
--Chinese intruded inside the Indian borders but our government withdrew following the intrusion
--When five Indian soldiers were beheaded, the External Affairs Minister was treating Pakistani delegation to biryani in Jaipur
--Italian soldiers gunned down fishermen in Kerala and they were granted bail to go back to Italy
--Congress has been in power in Maharashtra and Andhra but unfortunately these states have recorded the maximum number of suicides
--I am praying to Sri Venkateswara Swamy to grant people relief from the current difficult situation
--I congratulate BJP leaders in Andhra Pradesh for using this political rally for social benefit
--Gujarat has old ties with Telugu people
--I appreciate the efforts of people attending the rally who paid Rs 5 for the Uttarakhand tragedy victims
--You celebrate September 17 as Hyderabad liberation day. I'm fortunate as that day is my birthday too