India gave befitting reply toPak for LoC violence, says Rajnath in Bhopal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2014 14:52 IST

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said after India’s befitting reply to Pakistani aggression at the Line of Control (LoC), it may not gather courage to disrupt peace for quite some time.

Singh, who was addressing the BJP workers’ convention, said it was Congress government’s weakness that had emboldened Pakistan, however, the BJP government decided to act tough and as a result, Pakistan had to rush to United Nations with the ceasefire demand.

Singh said after Pakistani firing, he raised the issue with the top army brass and was told that as per policy white flags were shown but Pakistan continued firing.

"I told them that there was no need to show white flags anymore. The Indian army gave a befitting reply. Pakistan won’t dare to disturb ceasefire in near future," Singh said.

The home minister said the BJP government under Narendra Modi’s leadership has shown that it will protect the country’s honour and dignity at all cost.

Singh said that weapons would also be built within in the country, which will strengthen the nation. "Earlier, most arms and ammunition were bought from foreign countries and there was large-scale corruption in the purchases," he said. The Union minister also said that petrol and diesel prices have come down and they will reduced even more in coming days.

Earlier, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan recalled the contribution of Sardar Patel on his birth anniversary. Chouhan said integrating over 500 princely states was a colossal task. He said that the British had played a clever game by telling the rulers of princely states that they could join either India or Pakistan.

"While most of the states were integrated, three of them, including rulers of Hyderabad, Junagarh and Bhopal tried to resist the integration," the CM said. Chouhan also said that had PM Jawaharlal Nehu not intervened in the J&K issue and had Patel dealt with it, the state would have been completely integrated with India, then only.

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