Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), Dec 6: Paying tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives while fighting militants, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told an election rally here on Saturday, that terrorists tried to attack Indian democracy but brave jawans sacrificed their lives to protect the country’s security.
The Prime Minister said: “Terrorists tried to attack the democracy of India. But the brave jawans scarificed their lives protecting the country’s security.”
He said: “I pay my tributes to Jharkhand’s brave son Sankalp Kumar Shukla and other brave jawans who scarified their lives. Sankalp Kumar Shukla’s martyrdom will be remembered by future generations in the state.”
Kashmir Valley was rocked by four attacks by militants from across the border on Friday, as they stormed an army camp in Uri leaving 11 security personnel including Lt Colonel Sankalp Kumar dead and killed two civilians in Tral.
The attacks and gun battles with security forces left in all 21 people dead. Among them was a top commander of Pakistan-based terror outfit LeT and seven militants.
PM Modi, who will be holding a rally in Srinagar city on Monday, condemned the terror attacks as “desperate attempts” to derail the atmosphere of hope created by the increased voter turnout.
Modi promised the people of Jharkhand that the Centre would work along with the state government to ensure development. He said the people here do not want a coalition government as it does no good.
He said: “I have come here to promise you that along with the state government, the government at the Centre will also work for you. After 30 years we have a strong and stable government, Jharkhand has played an important role in it.”
“This is the land of the brave Birsa Munda. You have saved the nation. Now, you have to save Jharkhand. Now, Jharkhand does not want coalition government,” he added.
The Prime Minister also said that Jharkhand was no ordinary state and it can become the pride of India’s economic development.
Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha, who is the first-time Member of Parliament, and his father former Union Finance and External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha were also present during the rally.
The third phase of the five-phased assembly elections in Jharkhand is to be held on December 9, with the results of the polling scheduled to be declared on December 23.
(With Agency Inputs)