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PM flays Cong for 'insulting' Karnataka's brave officials Gen Thimayya, Cariappa


Kalaburagi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday strongly attacked the Congress party for its attitude towards Indian army and disrespect the sacrifice soldiers had made to the country . Addressing a mammoth election really in Kalaburagi N V Collage ground Mr Modi said Congress doesn’t respect the sacrifices of our soldiers. He said ‘ When our soldiers carried out surgical strikes, the Congress party questioned them. They kept on asking proof of the strikes from me'. 'Should the soldiers carry camera or weapons' he asked. If they want proof let them get from Pakistan where truckloads of dead soldiers of that country were removed, he added. Mr Modi stating that Karnataka was synonymous with valour, but regretted the manner in which its brave heroes, Field Marshall K M Cariappa and General K Thimayya were insulted'. History is proof of that. In 1948 after defeating Pakistan, General Thimayya was insulted by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Defence Minister Krishna Menon, he added. "In 1948 Gen Thimayya-led Indian forces to a decisive victory against Pakistan. But the officer and'Karnataka ke veer putra (brave son of Karnataka)' who led saving Jammu and Kashmir for Indiawas repeatedly insulted by the then Prime Minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru and Defence Minister KrishnaMenon. Such insults had forced Gen Thimayya to resign," Prime Minister said continuing its salvo against the Congress. He said similarly, Field Marshal Kodandera Madappa Cariappa who led Indian forces during 1962 India-China conflict was also "insulted". Mr Modi said such things are nothing new or isolated instances as even present day's Congress leaders have usedabusive language for the incumbent army chief Gen Bipin Rawat.He said a senior Congress leader did not hesitate to call Gen Rawat "a goonda (rowdy)". Spearheadi the BJP campaign in Karnataka, Mr Modi has decided to extend his campaign by additional day and instead of 15 meetings scheduled earlier, he would address 20. He arrived here behind an hour schedule for his second day's programme. later he left for Ballari where he would address the second meeting and wind up the day with a final meeting in Bengaluru Mr Modi said that the Kalaburagi people can bear the scorching heat, they could no longer stand congress government . He said that the state had wasted five long years and could not do so any further. Mr Modi begins his address in Kalaburagi and remembered Vishvaguru Basavanna, ‘ Mitakshari ‘ written ‘Vedneshwar, great freedom fighter Raja Venkatappa Naik .

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