Like you, fire raging in my heart too: PM

Like you, fire raging in my heart too: PM

Barauni, Feb 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted that he was filled with grief and outrage, just like the people of the country, in the wake of the militant attack in Pulwama which claimed the lives of 49 CRPF personnel.
The Prime Minister, who launched a number of development projects in Begusarai, began his speech with a few lines in the local dialect ‘Angika’ before paying tributes to two of the martyred jawans who hailed from the state.
“I salute and pay my tributes to Sanjay Kumar Sinha and Ratan Kumar Thakur,” the Prime Minister said.
The two slain CRPF personnel hailed from Patna and Bhagalpur districts respectively.
“To the large number of people who have gathered here, I would like to say the fire that is raging within you is in my heart as well,” Modi said, evoking a thunderous response from the crowd.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi also expressed hopes of a strong response from India in the wake of the Pulwama attack.
After the evocative beginning, the Prime Minister concentrated his nearly 30-minute speech on various projects, worth more than Rs 33,000 crore, which were launched at the function here.
Modi explained how each of these projects will bring all-round development in the lives of people. He said the National Democratic Alliance’s strategy of development was two-pronged — one was development of infrastructure and the other uplift of deprived sections of society.
He said all this has been possible because you had elected a strong and stable government which can take quick decisions, work on them and translate them into reality on the ground.
He also mentioned the scheme for giving Rs 6,000 to poor farmers and said it would bring significant change in the lives of people.
On the 10-per cent reservation in jobs and education to the poor from the general category, he said this was being done without affecting the existing quotas of SCs, STs and OBCs.
Forty nine CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir when a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying explosives into their bus in Pulwama district. The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar.
Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack that took place about 20 km from Srinagar.