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Modi Says, Opposition Leaders Abuse Him Over Decisive Action Against Terror And They Get Applause In Pakistan

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked opposition leaders seeking clarification from the central government over air strike at Balakot terror camp in Pakistan saying that they “are trying to weaken the position of India”. PM Modi said that the opposition leaders abuse him over “decisive action” against terror and they “get applause” in Pakistan.

“They (opposition leaders) have become the poster boys of Pakistan. Their statements make headlines in the newspapers of Pakistan,” said PM Modi adding, “They see Pakistan as angel of peace.”

“Someone seeks proof of IAF strike, someone else demands to know the number of casualties caused by our air force. They want to weaken the fight against terrorism. They are trying to break the morale of armed forces. When the whole world is with India, they are trying to weaken the position of India,” said PM Modi at a public rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar.

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Former Biju Janata Dal MP Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda Joins BJP Just Before Lok Sabha Polls

New Delhi: Former Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Panda was first suspended and then quit the party last year after being marginalised in the organization.

Panda took to Twitter to announce his joining BJP, saying he had made the decision after nine months of introspection and widespread consultations with colleagues and the public.He would now work under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He joined the ruling party in the presence of Union minister and BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi. He later met BJP president Amit Shah at the BJP headquarters in the capital.

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PM Accuses The Congress Leadership In Amethi Of Compromising With The National Security

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress leadership of compromising on national security while storming into the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress president Rahul Gandhi with a slew of projects.

Announcing the launch of a joint venture between India and Russia for the manufacture of AK 203 Kalsahnikov assault rifles in Amethi’s Ordnance factory, Modi said Amethi was the perfect example of the BJP’s policy of ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikas’.

“Now, Amethi will not be known for a famous family but for AK 203, ‘Made in Amethi’. These rifles will help our jawans in encounters with naxals and terrorists,” he said and added that those who cheated Amethi also ignored the country’s defence needs.

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To Force Congress’s Hand On Alliance, AAP Announces Candidates From Six Seats

New Delhi: With attempts at an alliance with the Congress coming a cropper so far, the AamAdmi Party announced on Saturday names of party candidates on six of seven seats in Delhi for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Addressing a press conference here, Delhi AAP convener Gopal Rai said Atishi will contest from East Delhi, Guggan Singh from North-West Delhi, Raghav Chadha from South, Dilip Pandey from North-East, Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk and Brijesh Goyal will contest from New Delhi seats.

For past several months, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has been attempting to have an alliance with the Congress, which has been resisted by the local party unit. Initially, former Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken resisted the move and when Sheila Dikshit took over from him, she continued with the same line.However, sources also claimed, that this could be an attempt by the AAP leadership to force the hand of the Congress on the alliance.AAP could withdraw candidates from some of the seats, once the alliance is reached.

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Wing Commander Abhinandan Crosses Wagah Border Into India From Pakistan After 58 Hour’s Captivity

New Delhi: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman crossed the Wagah-Attari border post into India from Pakistan returning home after his capture by Pakistani authorities on Wednesday. Before the Air Force pilot ejected from his aging MiG-21 hit in the aerial dogfight over the skies of Jammu, he had shot down a fourth generation F-16 fighter.

He was handed over to Pakistan military officials by villagers in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir where he landed. A little over 58 hours later, the 38-year-old IAF pilot walked to his freedom at the heavily-guarded Attari border post manned by the Border Security Force.

BSF officials, prepping for the return of the IAF pilot, had canceled the retreat ceremony at the border post. “Abhinandan is more important than the ceremony,” a local official said about the IAF officer who Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, had made “every Indian proud”.