BJP leaders and workers including Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis participated in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's `Main Bhi Chowkidar' event from seven locations in the city on Sunday. The event was beamed across the country at 500 places, where participants could listen to Modi and interact with him through video-conference. Fadnavis participated from the Uttar Bhartiya Sangh Sabhagraha in suburban Bandra.
Member of the state Legislative Council and BJP leader R N Singh, who heads the Uttar Bhartiya Sangh and also runs a security agency providing private security guards, was also present there along with the chief minister. City BJP chief Ashish Shelar, Mumbai North Central MP Poonam Mahajan and Vile Parle MLA Parag Alavani were also among those present with the chief minister. Other locations where party workers participated in the event were Malad, Andheri, Dadar, Chembur, Marine Lines and Ghatkopar.
During the event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he took the decision for the Indian Air Force to conduct Balakot air strikes as he thought that "the game" should be played from where terrorism is being remote-controlled. Addressing a 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' event, he said Pakistan is in a fix because if it acknowledges the air strikes, it will have to accept that there was terror camp there.
“They have been saying that there are no terror camps. Now they have to hide it. They are not allowing anybody to go there. We've been told Balakot area is being reconstructed by Pakistan to show that a school is being run there so that people can be taken there and shown that no terror camp existed there," he said.
Those abusing Modi on Balakot air strikes are helping Pakistan with their statements, he said. The event was beamed across the country at 500 places where gatherings of BJP workers, professionals, chowkidars (Watchmen), traders, farmers among others will listen to Modi and interact with him through video-conferencing.
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after Indian Air Force fighter jets bombed terror group JeM's training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan on February 26. Pakistan retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations the next day. However, the IAF thwarted their plans. The Indian strike on the JeM camp came 12 days after the terror outfit claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama in which 40 soldiers were killed.
Here are the highlights of the event:
Every first-time voter should realise that they have reached a stage where they can have a say in the country's decision-making process: PM Modi.
Next five years will be to fulfill the aspirations of the countrymen: PM Modi.
Don't hear the tape recorder of those who make false promises, see their track record!!! Four generations kept harping on just one promise - "Garibi hatao": PM Modi
We should protect ourselves from getting influenced by false promises: PM Modi.
We should encourage the first time voters, they should be filled with zeal and enthusiasm: PM Modi.
Odisha will surprise the country, will become second Tripura in this election: PM Modi.
For us, DBT is Direct Benefit Transfer and for them Direct Bicholia Tax: PM Modi.
#WATCH PM Modi, says, "Pak is in dilemma, if they say something happened in Balakot, they'll have to accept, ‘Yes, we had terrorist camps operating here.’ They kept telling the world, there's nothing, we attacked the place they can't hide anymore." pic.twitter.com/os6e6VQfIV
— ANI (@ANI) March 31, 2019
Congress' lies are seasonal When there were elections in Delhi, they came up with the topic of 'intolerance' When there were elections in Bihar, their topic was - 'Modi will take back all forms of reservations' Then there was the concept of 'award wapsi': PM Modi
Those who speak lies must have strong memory: PM Modi takes a dig at Congress.
When elections were going on in Bihar, they were an 'intolerance intolerance' canard being spread. After the election, where did it go?: PM Modi.
We have respected Bhim Rao Ambedkar the most, says PM Modi.
It is important that the world know your strength. At the same time, we've made clear that we've not done this against any country, it's for our national security. But since Modi is the PM, some people are restless: PM Modi.
Mission Shakti is for our security not to attack any other country: PM Modi.
When 130 crore Indians decide to take the nation to new heights, no force can stop India from becoming a developed nation: PM Modi.
'Mission Shakti' is being viewed through the election lens. It has nothing to do with that. It is a big win for our scientists. Before this, only three nations had accomplished this feat: PM Modi.
We have spent a lot of time doing 'India-Pakistan'. I say let them (Pakistan) suffer the consequences of its actions, let us move ahead: PM Modi
Our principle has been to reward honesty. From the very first day, we ensured that honest taxpayers do not face any difficulty. I promise to the countrymen that those involved in scams, would be punished: PM Modi.
PM Narendra Modi takes a dig at Vijay Mallya over his 'bad jail condition' excuse to avoid extradition.
Those who have looted exchequers money will not be spared: PM Modi.
Since 2014, I have taken them to the doorsteps of jail. Some are out on bail, some are waiting for dates: PM Modi.
The ones who have looted this country, they will have to give each and every penny back: PM Modi
I will not tolerate corruption, that's my commitment: PM Modi.
I left Balakot airstrike decision to the forces as I believe in their discipline: PM Modi.
The worry for Pakistan, when such strikes take place, is not that terrorist camps get destroyed. The worry is that it proves that the camps exist: PM Modi.
The main reason why Pakistan is not accepting Balakot attack because after that they will also have to accept that terrorist camps were active there: PM Modi.
From now, it will be there (terrorists) land and our game: PM Modi.
My forces will never let the country down, I have full faith in their discipline: PM Modi.
Full majority mandate plays a pivotal role in a democratic set-up: PM Modi.
For me, the country is first, people of this country is above all: PM Modi
It's not me but the forces who have implemented Balakot attack: PM Modi.
Whatever we have achieved in the last five years, it is because of Jan Bhagidari. Swachhata has become a mass movement due to the support of people: PM Modi
'Chowkidar isn't about a uniform, nor is it about being tied to a spot. It's a spirit', says PM Modi addressing the mega 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' townhall in New Delhi.
The populace of the country doesn't need Rajas and Maharajas. This is why I'm happy that the feeling of chowkidar is expanding within me. I bow down to those who have joined this movement, this feeling of chowkidar: PM Modi.
#ElectionsWithNewsNation | I convey my greetings to all the 'Chowkidars' across the nation who have joined today's programme: PM @narendramodi at New Delhi's Talkatora Stadium.
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In 2013-14, during the Lok Sabha Elections, I was somewhat known as CM but was new to the nation. I assured people that they are placing a chowkidar for the responsibility they are giving me: PM Modi.
We are all Chowkidars, committed to a strong & prosperous India: PM Modi.
Critics made me popular. People barely knew me before 2014: PM Modi.
Back in 2014, I assured people that as a chowkidar, I will do fulfill my duties: PM Modi.
We are all Chowkidars, committed to a strong & prosperous India: PM Modi.
I thank the people who have criticised me. Its because of them I got so much of popularity back in 2014: PM Modi.