On Diwali, Prime Minister Modi distributes sweets to Indian soldiers in Longewala, rides a tank
Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with Indian soldiers on Saturday at Longewala in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer. The prime minister handed out sweets to security forces personnel and wished for them on the eve.
“I would like to extend my Diwali greetings. I am here to convey the greetings of all the Indians today. On the occasion of Diwali, I would like to wish all of our security forces, ”Prime Minister Modi said during his address to the soldiers. “No power in the world can stop our brave soldiers from guarding the borders of our country. This country is happy and we are celebrating parties for your existence ”, he added.
The prime minister was accompanied by the defense chief of staff, Bipin Rawat, the army chief MM Naravane and the director general of the Border Security Force, Rakesh Asthana.
Recalling Diwali 2014 when he celebrated the festival with the security forces in Siachen, Prime Minister Modi said: “In 2014, I celebrated Diwali in Siachen. Many people were surprised. But you know me, I’m always with my own people during festivals, and I’ve continued that tradition even this year. “
“My Diwali is complete only when I am among you. My happiness is doubled when I see the joy on their faces, ”he also said.
During his visit to the soldiers in Jaisalmer’s Longewala, PM Modi also traveled in a tank.
The prime minister also delivered a strong message to Pakistan, a day after eight Indian soldiers were killed and 12 wounded in the Line of Control (LoC) bombings on Friday. Speaking about the 2016 surgical strikes, Prime Minister Modi said: “India has shown that it has the military might as well as the political will to protect its borders. The whole world, especially the countries that promote terrorism, have seen that Indian forces can kill terrorists and their leaders by entering their homes. “
Longewala Post is a strategic post on the western frontier in the Rajasthan desert, where the first major battle of the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971, also known as the Battle of Longewala, was fought.