Nationalism and the sacrifice of soldiers are as much an election issue as the death of farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday, rejecting opposition criticism that he was using the defence forces in his campaign speeches for influencing voters. PM Modi in his interview also took a swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, alleging that he was raising the Rafale issue to “wash the sins of his father”, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who faced investigations for the Bofors scandal. For the past six months, he has been making it an issue without any proof,” the Prime Minister said. PM Modi further said that in the past five years his government has addressed the basic requirements of the people that should have been fulfilled within the first 10 to 20 years of Independence. Talking about BJP’s chances in the ongoing elections, PM Modi said there is an “unprecedented wave of support” for his party.
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