Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday slammed the opposition parties of trying to belittle the valour of the soldiers.

Addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur on Friday, the PM said that “attempts are being made to downplay our Army’s valour”.

“Can we forgive those who give statements which please Pakistan? Whole world is putting pressure on Pakistan but statements from some people in country are helping Pakistan,” the PM said referring to opposition leaders who questioned the airstrike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on 26 February.

The PM has been targeting the opposition parties for asking proof of the airstrike and demanding that the government reveal the number of terrorist killed in the IAF operation.

Two days ago, in his first public event in Tamil Nadu since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forged an alliance with the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), the PM had accused the opposition parties of putting national security at risk.

“The careless conduct of the opposition on national security is very well known. Guided by politics and selfish interests, they neither want a strong India nor strong armed forces,” the PM said.

A day before, on 5 March, he singled out Congress leader Digvijaya Singh for the latter’s remark in which he called the 14 February Pulwama terror attack an “accident”.

“A leader from Madhya Pradesh said today that the Pulwama terror attack was an accident. This is their mentality. To save the terrorists they are now calling it an accident,” PM Modi said in MP’s Dhar without naming Singh.

“This is the ‘general’ of the dynasty in whose eyes promoters of terrorism are ambassadors of peace. This is the same gentleman who saw Osama as a peace ambassador and tried to give a clean chit to Pakistan in the 26/11 terror attack,” the PM added.

“The party that ruled the country for a long time and whose leaders kept the hands of our jawans tied are now questioning the capability of our brave soldiers,” he said, adding that terrorism never got the kind of response it should because of the soft approach of Congress.

The PM was in Kanpur today to launch and inaugurate a series of projects. He unveiled a new 660 megawatt electricity generation and distribution unit at the Panki power plant and inaugurated the Lucknow Metro Rail Project by flagging off a train from the Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport Station in Lucknow through video-conferencing.

“You must be familiar with our work. We inaugurate what we lay the foundation stone of,” the PM said as the crowds cheered.

The PM had earlier today offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple at Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency, and also laid the foundation stone of a Rs 600-crore ‘Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Vistarikaran-Saundarayakaran Yojana’ (Kashi Vishwanath Temple Extension and Beautification Plan).

He also placed some bricks with the name of the temple inscribed on it in the presence of Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and state Bharatiya Janata Party chief Mahendra Nath Pandey.