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Mandi speech: PM Modi praises surgical strike; apologises for 'delayed visit'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 October 2016, 18:49 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 18 October, arrived in Himachal Pradesh and inaugurated three major power projects. After that, he reached Mandi to address a rally.

During the rally, PM Modi mostly spoke about the surgical strikes and compared the Indian army to Israel's army. He said, "Earlier it was done by countries like Israel but Indian troops proved that they are no less."

PM Modi visited the state for the first time after being elected Prime Minister. He apologised for his delayed visit. Modi said, "Aaj chotti Kaashi mei sar jhukaane ka avsar mila hai. Main soch raha thaa aap logh naraaz honge ki maine yaha aane me itna samay liya." (Today, I have got an opportunity to bow my head at chhotti Kaashi. I was thinking all of you must be upset that I delayed my visit here.)

PM Modi was greeted with 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans in the valley. Praising the state's culture, he said there isn't any family in Himachal that has not sacrificed their son for the motherland.

He added that One Rank One Pension was stalled since the last 40 years, and it is his government that completed that work. PM Modi also said that the first installment of Rs 5,500 crore has already been passed. He promised that the poorest family in Himachal Pradesh will have a gas connection in three years and said through LED bulbs campaign in Himachal, they are able to save approx Rs 1 crore daily or Rs 350 crore yearly.

First published: 18 October 2016, 18:49 IST