Interior Minister Amit Shah said today that national security guards should instill fear in people who “want to divide the nation and stop its peace.” “If they still arrive, it is the responsibility of the national security team to fight and defeat them,” he added as he spoke at a national security team event in Calcutta.
“Now, after Modi-ji has become the Prime Minister, we have developed a proactive defense policy separate from foreign policy,” he added, adding that India has now joined the league of countries like the United States and Israel in realization of surgical attacks.
“We want peace around the world. In our 10,000-year history, India has never attacked anyone. We would not even allow anyone to interrupt our peace and anyone who takes the life of soldiers will have to pay dearly,” he said. added.
The minister’s comments come against the backdrop of the three-day violence in Delhi, which caused 43 victims earlier this week.
Shah, who landed in Calcutta this morning amid protests against his presence, is expected to launch the BJP campaign for the upcoming municipal elections to be held in April. All eyes are on what he could say about violence in a demonstration to be held tonight in the heart of the city.
The state opposition CPM and Congress criticized Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee for allowing the rally at a time when political activities are limited due to ongoing council reviews.
They also attacked the prime minister for not condemning the Delhi clashes when he met Amit Shah for a meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council in Bhubaneswar on Friday.
The minister, who started the day with the NSG event in Rajarhat, said the government had decided to expand NSG’s network after the Mumbai attacks. “The NSG has gradually shown its presence across the country gradually. After today’s inauguration, coordination will only improve,” he added.