- PM Modi is on a tour of border areas to meet soldiers on Diwali
- In Mann Ki Baat, the PM urged to dedicate the festival to our soldiers
- In campaign #Sandesh2Soldiers, PM asked people to greet army on Diwali
During his visit, he tweeted:
The Prime Minister said that he also spent time with the locals there:
Made unscheduled stop at Chango village, close to Somdu, to wish people on Diwali. Was deeply touched by the impromptu reception & their joy pic.twitter.com/GmU345006L— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 30, 2016
On his first two Diwalis in office, PM Modi had visited the country's borders to celebrate the festival with soldiers there.
"We sleep peacefully because you guard our borders," he had said in his address to the nation this morning The soldiers, he said, "stand guard for us in the desert on the mountains. Someone is guarding our industry, others our airports..."
"Be it the BSF (Border Security Force), CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), Assam Rifles, ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police), Navy, Air Force, our jawans are on duty and guarding us. That is why we are celebrating Diwali joyfully," the Prime Minister said. "There is not one child in the country who doesn't have respect and love for our armed forces," he added.
The Prime Minister's comments come in the wake of the last month's surgical strikes by the Indian Army at terror camps across the Line of Control after an attack by Pakistani terrorists in Kashmir's Uri left 19 soldiers dead.
The Prime Minister has retweeted many of the messages that people are tweeting using with the hashtag #Sandesh2Soldiers.
Sources in the Prime Minister's Office said this was the first time that PM Modi had appeared in a video related to a cause.