National War Memorial is being inaugurated by The Prime Minister Narendra Modi at India Gate Complex in Delhi today. The memorial is to pay tribute to all the soldiers who were martyred for the country. On the speech PM discussed various issues related to the country had had a full fledged attack on the Gandhi family regarding various national issues.

At the opening of the National War Memorial, Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened an all-out attack on the Congress and pitched the Gandhi family as the opponents who always shortchanged the armed forces – from bullet-proof jackets to helicopters and now the Rafale fighter jets.  “Is it the nation first or the family first,” he questioned during his address. The soldiers, assembled at the memorial in the heart of Delhi, responded with slogans of “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.

With weeks to go for the national elections, the occasion acquired a political turn. Speaking before PM Modi, Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “What we need today is your trust, and trust in the Prime Minister. The welfare of ex-servicemen is always at the top of our priorities.”

In his address, PM Modi launched a no-holds-barred attack. “Earlier, how soldiers were treated — you know better than I do… from Bofors to helicopter, all investigations end at the same family. This says a lot,” PM Modi said.  “Now, these guys are trying too hard to ensure the Rafale deal fails… But soon India will get its first Rafale and their conspiracies will fail,” he added.

The Prime Minister also said the “previous  governments” showed “criminal negligence” when it came to addressing the needs of security forces. “Soldiers were facing the enemies without these jackets.. Between 2009 to 2014… these demands were never met. In the last five years, we have purchased more than 2,30,000 bullet proof jackets,” he added.

Built at the heart of Delhi near the India Gate — a British-built memorial to Indian soldiers who fell in the First World War — the National War Memorial comprises four concentric circles with a central obelisk.

The circles have been named the “Amar Chakra”, the “Veerta Chakra”, the “Tyag Chakra” and the ”Rakshak Chakra” and the names of 25,942 soldiers have been inscribed in golden letters on granite tablets.

The Prime Minister dedicated the memorial — built at a cost of Rs 176 crore — to the martyrs by lighting the flame at the bottom of the obelisk. Helicopters of the Air Force showered rose petals and a fly-past in ”Missing Man” formation was also part of the event.

(Source :- NDTV)

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