New Delhi: 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. “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? How can that be?” PM Modi said in an interview to national broadcaster Doordarshan.
While addressing an event to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Mahamahopadhyay VV Mirashi, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that social and research organisations should work towards a strong and permanent source to carry out work for the welfare of the society.