In these tough times help of former soldiers required: VK Singh

Last Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 17:30

Zee Media Bureau

Rewari: Sharing the stage with Bhartiya Janata Party`s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, former Army chief VK Singh said here on Sunday that the government who was responsible for weak foreign policies needed to be changed.

Addressing the rally which was attended by a large number of ex-servicemen, Singh said that it was indeed a historic occasion to see so many former soldiers present there.

He asked everyone to be silent for 30 seconds in remembrance of those soldiers who had fought for the country. ‘Our soldiers believe that the nation is first always." "I salute our soldiers," he added.

Singh also said that even as the nation was going through tough times, the service and help of former soldiers was required.

He expressed sadness at the situation of security in the country and said that India`s neighbours were regularly breaching the Line of Control.

Meanwhile, in his first public rally after being anointed BJP`s PM candidate, Narendra Modi today made a strong pitch for "strong leadership" at the Centre and asked politicians to take lessons in true secularism from the Army.

In his 65-minute-long address, Modi made several references to former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee, who was considered a moderate in the BJP, and to the "true secularism" prevailing among Indian Armed Forces.

Training his guns at the Centre, Modi said the border troubles with Pakistan and China were not because of any shortcomings in the Army. "The problem is in Delhi. And hence the solution to this problem has to be found in Delhi itself. The problem will be solved only when a competent, patriotic and people-oriented government is formed at the Centre," he said

With PTI inputs

First Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 17:30

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