Modi banks on Abhinandan episode & Indira's failure
Narendra Modi is continuously banking on the Balakot airstrikes and the Abhinandan episode. Addressing a rally in Gujarat's Patan on Sunday, the PM said, "When the IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan was captured by Pakistan, I said to Pakistan that if anything happens to our pilot we will not leave you."
By saying this at an election rally, Modi has tried to project himself as a tough leader who values the life of every soldier/pilot. It may be recalled that Pakistan PM Imran Khan promptly released the captured hero, much to the relief of Indians.
In another speech, Modi portrayed Indira Gandhi as a leader who couldn't make use of the valour of the Indian Army way back in 1971. Speaking in Barmer, Rajasthan, Modi said, "In 1971, due to the bravery of our soldiers, a big part of Pakistan came in our possession. As many as 90,000 Pakistani soldiers were in our custody but what did we do in Shimla? The government squandered everything that our jawans had won. What if Modi was there then?"