PM Modi during his rally in Ayodhya (ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday visited Ayodhya where he address an election rally in Maya Bazar area of Gosainganj, which falls under the Ambedkar Nagar Lok Sabha seat in Ayodhya district. During the rally, Modi urged people to vote for his party BJP in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, saying that pressing the lotus (BJP’s election symbol) on EVM will awaken a unique sense of patriotism in them.
Referring to the recent attacks in Sri Lanka, the prime minister said that before 2014 when he took over the reins of the country, there used to be terrorist attack across the country very often, but this changed during his government.
“We need to be vigilant. Terror hubs are present in our neighbouring countries. It’s a business for them and we have taken strong action against them. But other parties let them go free because they for their vote bank,” he said.
The prime minister asserted that terrorism was a threat to the religious practices. "We have started the Ramayan Circuit Project. We have also developed tourism in various places of worship. But the biggest threat to our religious practices & culture is terror," he said, asking people not to elect a weak government.
Modi said that the SP and the BSP had the same reality as they both misused the name of great leaders and thrived using their identity.
“Be it SP, BSP or Congress, it is necessary to know their reality. Behen ji used the name of Babasaheb Ambedkar but she did everything which is just the opposite of his principles. SP used the name of Lohia ji but they destroyed the law & order situation in UP,” he added.
During his 30-minute speech, the prime minister, however didn't talk about the Ram Temple even once and also skipped visiting the disputed site where the idol of Lord Rama is kept.