“Those who destroyed public property during protests, should introspect”: PM Modi

“People who damaged public property and were involved in violence in the name of agitation in UP should introspect if what they did was right,” Modi said

New Delhi: On Wednesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticized those who damaged public property during protests in Uttar Pradesh against the Citizenship Amendment Act. He said they should understand that rights and duties go hand in hand.

“They should ask themselves was it right to vandalize public property? Whatever was burned, was it not of their child’s use? What has happened to those common people and cops who got injured?” Modi questioned, and added he wanted to tell those who damaged public property “not to forget that rights and duties go hand in hand”.

“People who damaged public property and were involved in violence in the name of agitation in UP should introspect if what they did was right,” Modi said. “Better roads, transport, and sewers are our rights, but it’s our duty to protect them. Good quality education is our right, but the safety of educational institutions and respect for teachers are our duties. A safe atmosphere is our right, but it’s also the duty of citizens to respect the work of the police.

More than 15 people were killed, 263 police personnel injured, and state-owned property damaged in violence during protests against the CAA in many UP’s districts.

Modi was addressing a gathering after unveiling a statue of Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Lok Bhawan in Lucknow on the former prime minister’s birth anniversary. Modi also laid the foundation stone for the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical University in Lucknow.

Referring to Article 370, Modi said it was an “old disease” that has now been resolved peacefully.

Modi said “How old disease was Article 370, how difficult it appeared and it was our responsibility as to how to face such difficult challenges. And it was done easily. ‘Sabki dharna ye choor choor ho gaya’ (everyone’s perception was smashed),”. The Ram Temple issue was also resolved peacefully, said Modi.

On the CAA, PM Modi said giving citizenship to those who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to “save the dignity of their daughters” was another problem whose solution was found by 130 crore Indians.

“With this self-confidence, Hindustanis are entering a new era. Whatever is left to be done, all Indians are trying to find a solution,” he added. However it may be a huge challenge, “it is in our nature to challenge the challenge”, Modi said.

Modi said the road map is to provide better health care was based on four points and preventive health care, affordable health care, supply-side intervention, and mission-mode intervention. He also highlighted the schemes of his government in this direction.

In medical university, Modi said it will provide affiliation to government, semi-government and private colleges, and help in improving the quality of medical education in UP.

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