New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday said the airstrike in Pakistan’s Balakot in response to the Pulwama terror attack was a reply to those who had dismissed the cross-LoC surgical strike of September 2016 as a fluke. Also Read - Tractor Rally Violence: 2 Farmer Unions Withdraw Support From Protest, Delhi Police Says Culprits Will Not be Spared | Key Points

Speaking at the NDA Parliamentary meeting, Shah said the surgical strike and the Balakot air strike proved that India had a leader who could target the terrorists in their den. Also Read - MHA Issues New COVID-19 Guidelines: Theatre Occupancy Increased, Swimming Pools Open For All

“During the 90s, when terrorism raised its head and shook the country, people felt that the then governments were not serious about the safety and security of the country. For the first time under the Modi government, people have confidence that here is a leader who can hit the terrorists in their den,” he said. Also Read - Tractor Rally Violence: Congress Calls Amit Shah 'Weakest Home Minister of India', Demands His Removal

He further said that people’s mandate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections underlined that governments will be elected on the basis of their performance, not dynasty, caste politics or appeasement politics.

Noting that he has worked closely with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for many years, Shah said that Modi didn’t take a single leave in 20 years.

“Not just this, I’ve never seen him being lazy and he works for 18 hours a day,” added Shah.

He said when Modi became the Prime Minister for the first time in 2014, ordinary citizens were filled with hope that a person from a modest background could be elected to the highest office.

“With that hope, the people have trusted Modi. The success of the extension of the Gujarat model to the whole country was an experiment and people have blessed Modi once again. What Modi promised, he has been able to deliver, and this trust has been shown by the people in him,” he said.

Shah added that the 22 crore poor who have been the beneficiaries of the Prime Minister’s welfare schemes have shown their faith in him.

Shah added that he has toured the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Kamarkhya to Kutch, and people in all parts of the country have unanimously voted in favour of Modi. “There has been a Modi Tsunami in the country,” he said.

“Without any taint, he (Modi) has been elected as the country’s Prime Minister for the second term. This has been possible because he governed the country by rising above vote bank politics. In the last five years, he took many tough decisions, but none that did not benefit the country,” the BJP President said.

“The citizens I have spoken to want the country to become a global superpower and ‘Bharat Mata’ be accorded her proper place on an international scale. I wish that Modiji is able to take forward the strong foundation of a ‘New Bharat’ that he has placed and is able to fulfill the dreams of a successful democracy that the whole world will admire,” Shah concluded.