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Army to give befitting reply if Pak violates ceasefire: Rajnath

The union home minister was present for the Dhwajarohan at the Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2015 near Nashik, when he spoke to media about issues ranging form Modi-Sharif meet to Vyapam scam and the mela as well.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2015 12:57 IST
Rajnath Singh at Simhastha Kumbh Mela,Kumbh Mela,Trimbakeshwar near Nashik

"Our Army will give a befitting reply to Pakistan if that country violates ceasfire... Kashmir is an integral part of India," said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Nashik on Tuesday.

Commenting on the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Russia and the decision of the Pakistani authorities not to petition in court for 26/11 mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi's voice sample, Rajnath said, "Modiji ne haath nahi failaya tha lekin unka dono desh mein dosti ka prayatna tha (Modi did not plead but had only tried to foster friendly relations between the two countries)."

On 'Vyapam' scam in Madhya Pradesh, Rajnath said, "Opposition parties are maligning our image. Madhya Pradesh government led by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is transparent and it was Chouhan who had written a letter to the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into the scam."

Rajnath Singh attended 'Dhwajarohan' (flag-hoisting) ceremony that marked the beginning of the 'Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2015' in Trimbakeshwar near Nashik on Tuesday morning. On Kumbh Mela, Singh said, "I am happy and prayed to Almighty to make India a 'samrudhha' (prosperous) nation."

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, his cabinet colleagues Girish Mahajan and Sudhir Mungantiwar and office-bearers of the BJP also attended the press conference.

First Published: Jul 14, 2015 12:48 IST