RAJKOT: In a veiled attack on the previous Congress-led UPA government, Union home minister Amit Shah said on Thursday that the NDA government, led by PM Narendra Modi, has given a befitting reply to the country’s enemies rather than merely issuing “diplomatic statements”.
Shah, who visited Kutch on Thursday, also said infrastructure development in the border areas was far greater in the last six years as compared to the previous 50 years. He was addressing village heads at the “Simant Kshetra Vikasotsav-2020” at Dhordo village as part of the central government’s Border Area Development Programme.
Shah asked people living in the border areas to remain more vigilant. The country cannot take the path of development without strengthening its internal security, he said. “It is necessary to stop migration from border areas. To do so, those areas must be developed on par with cities,” he added. “Our government strongly believes that unless a citizen living on the border is aware (about security aspects), the country’s borders are not secure,” Shah said.
The sarpanchs of 158 border villages and other representatives of Kutch, Banaskantha and Patan districts were present at the event.
Shah took a dig at the opposition parties, saying the recent Bihar assembly polls and bypolls in other states were proof that the people had rejected leaders “who find fault in everything”.