Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at a large rally in Patna on Sunday, tore into the opposition for demanding proof of casualties during the air strike on Pakistani terror camps saying those who were questioning the validity of the report were only helping Pakistan and its terrorist regime.

Sounding the bugle of 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the Sankalp Rally at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan in the presence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other members of the National Democratic Alliance, Mr. Modi said that by asking proof of air-strikes on the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot in Pakistan, Congress and its allies were demoralizing the Indian armed forces and such statements were only emboldening the enemy camp.

“While our brave members of the armed forces fighting hard to keep our nation and its citizens safe from terrorists and foreign enemies, Congress and its supporters are not certain about their bravery and by continuing to question their loyalty, they only help our enemies. Earlier, they cast doubt on the surgical strike against Pakistan and now they are doubting taking out of the terror camp by our brave Air Force pilots inside Pakistan,” he said while issuing fresh warning to Pakistan saying India would no more sit idle when its soldiers were killed.

“We will avenge their death by taking swift and severe action against terrorists both inside and outside the country”, the PM said.

Referring to his 56” chest, an apparent symbol of manhood and bravery, Modi slammed the opposition of attacking the ‘chowkidar’, or the guard, of the nation saying the chowkidar was quite alert despite the opposition’s attempt to conspire against him.

Hailing the bravery of the 40 CRPF jawans who died during a terrorist blast in Pulwama a few weeks ago, Modi thanked them for their service and martyrdom, the PM said that the opposition had always undermined their valor and gallantry by questioning their actions like their involvement in the surgical strike and now by demanding proof for the strike on terror camp in Balakot.

Modi hailed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi for putting Bihar on the path of development and progress saying the Center was solidly behind the current government and would do everything to ensure every section of the society was the beneficiary of various social and economic schemes.

The Prime Minister, in his 40-minute speech that was peppered with frequent loud applause, showered praise on Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS as he is frequently referred to in the media, saying the fact that only India was the recipient of an increased annual Hajj quota showed that the tie between the two nations had improved vastly under the NDA government while Congress pursued its own interest when it was in power.

Modi also paid tributes to key historical figures from the state including Lord Buddha, King Ashoka, Chanakya, Guru Govind Singh, Veer Kunwar Singh, poets Vidyapati and Ramdhari Singh Dinkar along with political stalwarts from Bihar like Jaya Prakash Narayan, Shri Krishna Sinha, Karpoori Thakur, Anugrah Narayan Singh and others.

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan, his son and MP Chirag Paswan, Pashupati Kumar Paras, and top Bihar BJP and JD-U leaders also shared dais with the Prime Minister.

The event was marked with slight drizzle though that did not dampen the spirit of the crowd. At least one person was roughed up by BJP supporters when he raised a black flag in a sigh of protest against the Modi government.

As reported, several of the senior Congress leaders, including Digvijay Singh, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have asked for proof of over 300 terrorists killed in the February 26 Indian air strike on a Pakistani terror camp in Balakot as claimed by the Modi government.

The Modi administration has since tapered down its claim on the number of deaths.

Talking to reporters in Kolkata, Union Minister SS Ahluwalia on Sunday said that the Modi government never gave a number on the casualty and it were the members of the media who came up with this number of 300 plus that went viral on the social media.

“The air-raid inside Pakistan was not about human casualty but it was meant to send a strong message to Pakistan not to mess with India as India would react harshly in the event of any attack on Indian soldier,” Ahluwalia said.