Patan: Making a strong statement against terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that India remains committed towards fighting terrorism. He added that irrespective of whether he returns to power or not, he has vowed that either he will be alive or terrorists. 

Addressing a political rally in Gujarat's Patan on Sunday, before the state’s 26 Lok Sabha seats go to polls on April 23, Modi said that one can see the difference between the action taken after the 26/11 Mumbai attack and the Pulwama attack. Modi added that he could not remain silent like the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Modi said that the government's stand against terrorism is clear and it could be seen in the past five years. He mentioned the Balakot airstrikes, and rescuing of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman from Pakistan's clutches as evidences of his government's proactive measures to combat terrorism.

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The Prime Minister said that it was clearly told to Pakistan that if any harm was caused to Varthaman, Pakistan will be left with nowhere to go.

He said the consequences would have been severe if Pakistan would not have returned the Air Force pilot to India.

“The Lok Sabha elections will decide if democracy prevails in the country or dynasty. Gujarat holds a great significance for the BJP and the people of Gujarat have seen the work of the BJP. This is why, winning all the 26 seats in Gujarat is very important for the BJP to continue its work for the rapid progress of Gujarat and its people,” Modi said at the rally. 

The Prime Minister added, "My government will come back to power for sure, but if Gujarat doesn't give 26 seats (to BJP), the TV discussions on May 23 will be why it happened. It is the duty of people of my home state to take care of the 'son of the soil', and give all 26 seats in Gujarat to me."