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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi , center, holds a canvas displaying a portrait of himself during his election rally in Chittorgarh, within the western state of Rajasthan, on April 21, 2019.
After condemning the series of deadly bomb attacks on Sri Lankan churches in addition to luxury hotels on Sunday which killed more than 0 people, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told voters which they needed to elect him to a second term as only he can beat the “terrorists” threatening India.
“Should terrorism be finished or not?” he told an election rally within the western state of Rajasthan. “Who can do This particular? Can you think of any name aside by Modi? Can anybody else do This particular?”
Modi in addition to his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have promoted the government’s national security record as a vote winner in India’s staggered general election which began on April 11 in addition to will end on May 19. Votes will be counted on May 23.
In particular, Modi’s muscular stance against Pakistan, which fresh Delhi says backs armed Islamist militant groups, had boosted support for the BJP in a tightening election race where opposition parties have focused on weak jobs growth in addition to low farm incomes.
Tensions between India in addition to Pakistan peaked earlier This particular year after a February suicide bomb attack in disputed Kashmir which killed 40 Indian paratroopers, in addition to was claimed by an Islamist militant group based in Pakistan.
Modi then sent warplanes to Pakistan to bomb a purported training camp, in India’s first such aerial strike since 1971.
Indian officials say which three Indian nationals are known to be among the dead within the Sri Lankan attacks. No group has yet claimed responsibility.
“In our neighboring Sri Lanka, terrorists have played a bloody game. They killed innocent people,” Modi said.
At another rally in Rajasthan on Sunday, Modi again mentioned the attacks in Sri Lanka in addition to said which India, too, continues to suffer because of militants.
“India has currently ended its policy of getting scared of Pakistan’s threats,” Modi said. “‘We have a nuclear button, we have a nuclear button’ they used to say.”
“What do we have then?” he said, to cheers by the crowd.
Pakistan has 140 to 150 nuclear warheads, compared with India’s 130-140 warheads, according to estimates by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Both countries have ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.