Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his big rally at Latur in Maharashtra on Tuesday, appealed to first-time voters to dedicate their votes to the brave hearts who lost their lives during the Pulwama terror attack, and to the soldiers who carried out Balakot air strike in Pakistan.
PM Modi asked the crowd as he prodded them to think about the choice that they have of developing the country. The sea of people waving BJP flags in the blazing sun cheered back.
Putting forward the February air strike at a camp of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan’s Balakot up front while asking for votes, Modi said, “I want to ask the first-time voter, can your vote be dedicated to those soldiers who conducted air strike on Balakot in Pakistan?” he asked. “Can your first vote be dedicated to those soldiers who were killed in Pulwama attack?”
The prime minister mentioned the defence forces in his election speech despite the Election Commission directing parties to keep them out of election campaigns.
At the rally today, PM Modi said people who have just turned 18 must have, at some point in their lives, benefitted from the contributions of the society. “You are 18 now and you must give your vote for the country, for a strong government, to make the country stronger,” PM Modi said.
Those who were 14 or older but less than 18 years in the last national elections in 2014, when the BJP came to power and PM Modi took charge, would be 18 now and eligible to vote.