PM Narendra Modi on Sunday said the current year’s Vijaya Dashami “very special” for the nation, an obvious reference to the Army’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads over LoC, even as he stressed that a “very capable” armed forces is a must for a strong nation.

“We will celebrate Vijaya Dashami in the coming days. This year’s Vijaya Dashami is very special for the country,” he said, evoking a thunderous applause from the audience at a function at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi.This year's Vijaya Dashami is very special for the country: Modi

His comments came in the setting of Indian Army’s surgical strikes in PoK. He additionally gave his all the best to the people on the event of the celebration that imprints triumph of good over evil.

The Prime Minister released a compendium of 15 books on the life and lessons of former Jana Sangh chief Deendayal Upadhyay whose birth centenary year is being celebrated by BJP.

Modi said Upadhyay’s greatest commitment was concept of organisation-based political party and not a political outfit run by a handful of individuals

Citing Upadhyay, the Prime Minister focused on the requirement for a particularly strong military as an essential for a strong country and said the nation must be a competent one which is a present-day requirement.

“He (Upadhyay) used to say that the country’s armed forces should be very very capable, then only the nation can be strong,” Modi said.

“In this time of competitiveness, the need is that the nation should be capable and strong,” he said.

In a veiled reference to Pakistan, Modi said, “Being strong does not mean being against anyone. If we exercise for our strength, then the neighbor need not worry (thinking) that it is to target him. I am exercising to strengthen myself and for my health.”

“The biggest contribution of Deendayalji is organisation- based political parties and not just a party run by a handful of individuals. This was the identity of Jana Sangh and BJP,” he said.

“In a short span of time, one party completed the journey from ‘vipaksh’ to ‘vikalp’ and this was due to foundations laid by Deendayalji,” he said, adding that simplicity was the hallmark of the former Jana Sangh leader..

“The poor is the central point of Panditji’s entire thinking. He used to say that the poor should be the central point of every thing. That is why in this journey towards development, our government is focussing on the poor and to help empower it.

“This government is celebrating Panditji’s centenary as ‘gareeb kalyan varsh’. Because of that government decisions focus on the poor and poor-centric schemes and policies are evolved. I am confident that there will be no shortcoming in this journey,” he said.

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