New Delhi: Addressing an election rally in Akola of Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday acknowledged the values (sanskar) of Veer Savarkar which proved to be the base for nationalism and nation-building. Notably, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was the formulator of Hindutva philosophy.

“Yeh Veer Savarkar ke hi sanskar hain jo rashtrawad ko humnein rashtra nirman ke mool mein rakha hai,” said PM Modi at the election rally in Akola.

Besides, the Prime Minister also slammed the opposition party for openly saying that Article 370 has nothing to do with the Maharashtra assembly election. “For political gains, some are openly saying that Article 370 has nothing to do in Maharashtra Assembly Polls, that Jammu and Kashmir has nothing to do with Maharashtra,” said PM Modi. He added that he wanted to tell such people that J&K and its people are also the sons of Maa Bharti.

Further during the rally, PM Modi was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “At one time, there were regular incidents of terrorism and hatred in Maharashtra. The culprits got away and settled in different countries. India wants to ask the people who were in power then, how did all of this happen? How did they escape?”

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday released a manifesto for the upcoming Maharashtra assembly election 2019 with a special focus on farmers and youth at the Rangasharda Auditorium in Mumbai’s Bandra-West.

The manifesto called as ‘Sankalp Patra’ comprised pre-poll promises. Some of the goals set by BJP were a drought-free Maharashtra in the next five years, pure drinking water to every household by 2022, one crore jobs in five years and over 12 hours of electricity to farmers, stated a report. Besides, BJP had also demanded Bharat Ratna awards for Veer Damodar Savarkar, Jyotiba Phule and his wife Savitribai Phule in their election manifesto.

Hailing the Sankalp Patra as a well-studied and serious document, BJP working president Nadda as quoted by a leading daily had reinstated the party’s commitment in bringing the poor, villages, farmers, tribals and other backward classes into the mainstream.

Maharashtra’s 288-member assembly constituency is scheduled to go to polls on October 21. The results will be declared on October 24. Notably, the tenure of the Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra Assembly will end on November 9.