Sacrifice of soldiers and nationalism are key election issues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday. In a joint interview to DD News and Rajya Sabha TV, Modi asked: “In a country where thousands of its soldiers have been martyred, shouldn’t that be an election issue? If farmers die, then it is an election issue, but when soldiers die then it is not an election issue?”
The Opposition has often criticised Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party for using the defence forces in their campaign speeches to influence voters. On April 9 during a rally in Maharashtra’s Latur city, he urged first-time voters to dedicate their votes to the defence forces in the wake of the Pulwama attack and the Balakot air strike. Modi asked how can a country progress without nationalism. “If we don’t tell them what our views are on this, then what is the logic in that?” he asked.