Darbhanga: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a scathing attack at the Opposition parties for raising questions over the Balakot air strike. Addressing a Lok Sabha Elections 2019 rally in Bihar’s Darbhanga, he said, “National security may not be an issue for those who do ‘mahamilavat’ but in new India, it is a big issue. This is the new India, it will go inside terror camps and destroy them.”

In an indirect reference to the local RJD candidate Abdul Bari Siddiqui who had recently stoked a controversy saying he could not recite ‘Vande Mataram’ since it went against his monotheistic religious beliefs, PM Modi said “Some people have a problem with ‘Bharat mata ki Jai’ & ‘Vande mataram’, should such people lose their deposits or not? These are same people who complain when I talk about Bharat. They also say why is Modi talking about terrorism, it is not an issue.”

Addressing the rally, he also claimed that Congress-led opposition was in jitters after the ‘favourable response’ to the NDA in the first three phases of elections, alleging that ‘the Mahamilavati gang has given up seeking proof of Balakot terror strikes and started finding fault with EVMs.’

In a veiled attack on Lalu Prasad RJD, the prime minister commended Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, for bringing electricity to the remotest village in the state and making the ‘lantern’ the opposition partys poll symbol redundant in Bihar.

(With inputs from PTI)