New Delhi: Slamming the opposition for raising doubts over the recent air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camps in Pakistan, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Saturday asserted that “polls should be held to make India and its economy strong, to give Pakistan a befitting reply and not to fulfil the desire of a ‘prince’ to become the prime minister”.

“Polls should be held to make the country and its economy strong and to give Pakistan a befitting reply and not to fulfil the desires of ageing leaders and a family’s prince to become the prime minister,” Shah said.

While addressing BJP’s ‘Vijay Sankalp’ rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Umaria, Amit Shah added, ” The opposition is doing politics by raising doubts over the recent air strike on Pakistan-based terrorist camps”.

“Today Pakistan has been isolated internationally, nobody is ready to support it. This kind of diplomatic victory was brought by BJP’s Narendra Modi government,” the BJP leader continued.

Further, Shah blamed the Congress for the delay in the implementation of the One Rank-One Pension (OROP) for the ex-servicemen and creation of the National War Memorial. He criticised Rahul Gandhi, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav over the recent strike on Pakistan soil.

On March 31, Mamata Banerjee had said the nation has a right to know what actually happened after the IAF’s strike since foreign media reported that not much damage had been done. “We have the right to know. People want to know how many were killed. Where was the bomb actually dropped? Was it dropped on the target?” she had asked.

Earlier on February 27, 21 opposition parties expressed anguish over what they alleged was “blatant politicisation” of the sacrifices of armed forces and urged the government to take nations into confidence on all measures to protect India’s sovereignty, unity and integrity. After a meeting in the Parliament Library, the leaders of these parties issued a joint statement, expressing concern over the prevailing security situation in the country.