Militancy contained to two-and-a-half districts in J&K: PM Modi

File Photo of Narinder Modi
File Photo of Narinder Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his government managed to contain militancy to only "two-and-a-half" districts in Jammu and Kashmir and that no bomb blast took place elsewhere in the country in last five years.

Addressing a poll rally at Amreli in Gujarat, PM Modi alsosaid that what he learnt in Gujarat helped him during the long Doklam standoffwith China in 2017.

Referring to various incidents of bomb blasts in the countrypreviously, he said, "In the last five years no bomb blast took place in anyother part of the country. We managed to contain terrorism to justtwo-and-a-half districts in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

On Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's statement of tryingto approach India after the Balakot air strike, PM Modi said the leader "had tomake a public plea to us to pick up the phone."

Hitting out at the previous Congress-led governments in thecountry, he said had the Sardar Sarovar project been completed 40 years ago,Gujarat would have been much better.

In 2014, the Congress came to its lowest tally afterIndependence and in 2019, it is fighting on the lowest number of Lok Sabhaseats but still "dreaming" of becoming the ruling party, he said.

The PM Modi also said that the tallest statue of Sardar Patelbuilt in Gujarat was not intended to disrespect late Prime Minister JawaharlalNehru.

"This is not an election rally for me, but a rally to say thanks to people of Gujarat for the grooming I received here," he said.

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