Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

PM Modi shares Diwali candies with Indian Army soldiers

PM Modi shares Diwali candies with Indian Army soldiers

The PM also lauded the troops for their efforts and sacrifice in guarding the nation and highlighted the extreme weather conditions under which the troops operate. "And that's why I'm here, as you are my family", he said. But for me, it isn't just a formality. But it is not a formality for me. He claimed that he gets new energy while spending time among the soldiers.

Donning an army camouflage jacket, the Prime Minister mingled with soldiers and exchanged candies to celebrate Diwali.

He said soldiers who leave the armed forces after completing their duty tenure "can become excellent yoga trainers". Like any other person, I too would love to spend my Diwali with near and dear ones. The presence of courageous soldiers, on this festive occasion, lights the lamp of hope and generates new energy among crores of Indians.

On his Diwali day address to the jawans, PM Modi also brought up his pet theme of 'New India by 2022.' PM Modi spoke of the personal resolve that all Indians must make for 2022, the 75th anniversary of the country's independence.

On One Rank One Pension (OROP), Modi said this question was hanging for the last 40 years, but they have done it. The Army chief along with Northern Command chief Lt General Devraj Anbu and Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen J S Sandhu accompanied PM Modi to Gurez.

On Thursday, the Prime Minister flew to Srinagar en route to Gurez sector and was received at the Srinagar airport by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.

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Gurez is the gateway to Gilgit-Baltistan, the area of Jammu and Kashmir this is under Pakistani control.

In his three tweets, Modi said expressed glad for celebrating the festival with the forces.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman too celebrated Diwali with the armed forces. In the evening on Wednesday, Sitharaman attended cultural programme.

The uniform has enormous respect, be it the Army, Navy or Air Force.

"It's a Diwali gift from the ministry to soldiers". Later, she was given a comprehensive brief on the security environment and thrust areas of the Command.

In 2014, the Prime Minister had spent Diwali with the people of Kashmir in the aftermath of the devastating floods in the Valley.

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Meanwhile, in Etawah, Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, president Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav were seen together on the occasion.

This was the fourth successive Diwali that the Prime Minister has celebrated with jawans on the border.

The chief minister assured the jawans of facilities like drinking water and mobile connectivity.

The PMmight also make a trip to Mana post at Indo-China border. "I am happy today that we have done it and the army has supported us", he said.

She said the state is proud that its residents celebrate the festivals of every religion and community with equal joy and enthusiasm.

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