New Delhi, Aug 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the Tricolour at the historical Red Fort in Delhi and delivered his speech on 70th Independence Day celebration. In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on a range of issues. From inflation to price rise, from Jan Dhan Yojana to Aadhaar scheme, from electricity to road construction, from terrorism to atrocities in Balochistan, Narendra Modi lauded his government for taking pro-poor, pro-farmer and pro-middle class initiatives. You can watch the full video of Narendra Modi’s Independence Day Speech 2016 here.
In his over 90-minute Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, the Prime Minister stressed that his government’s main aim was to empower the common Indian. Narendra Modi for the first time openly came out in support of “freedom” for Balochistan and “Pakistan-occupied Kashmir” and said India will never tolerate terrorism.
“The world is watching. People of Balochistan, Gilgit, Baltistan and occupied Kashmir have thanked me a lot in the past few days. I am grateful to them,” Modi said, referring to his comments last week on excesses in Pakistan’s largest province and in the Pakistani part of Kashmir. Modi also hit out at Pakistan for supporting terrorism. This, he said, was in contrast to the way Indians reacted with sorrow when terrorists slaughtered school children in Peshawar.
“That is the nature of India. But on the other hand, look at those who glorify terrorists. What kind of people glorify terrorists? What kind of people celebrate when people are killed?”
Narendra Modi also announced that government will bear healthcare expenses of up to Rs 1 lakh annually of BPL families. Announcing this from the ramparts of the Red Fort during his Independence Day speech, Modi said the entire economy of a poor household gets hit when somebody falls ill and this scheme will ensure that such families are not deprived of healthcare benefits. Watch the full speech of Narendra Modi on Independence Day below: