Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the BJP's campaign from Uttar Pradesh with a blistering attack on the opposition while keeping the focus on a strong government, saying his administration had shown the courage to conduct a surgical strike in all spheres -- land, sky and space.
The contest is between "a decisive government and an indecisive past", Modi said at the BJP's Vijay Sankalp rally in this western Uttar Pradesh town a day after announcing that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite.
He said the country's 130 crore people had made up their mind that the NDA would return to power. "India has made up its mind who to vote for...For proof, see a large number of people attending this rally," he said amid loud applause from the gathering.
Calling himself the nation's 'chowkidar', Modi said, "It was this chowkidar's government that had the courage to conduct surgical strikes on land, sky and space. India should develop, India should be secure from enemies."
Yesterday, the Election Commission set up a committee to examine the matter related to address of the Prime Minister to the nation in the light of the model code of conduct which is in force for Lok Sabha polls.
An Election Commission spokesperson said the poll panel has directed a committee of officers to examine the matter immediately in the light of the model code.
CNBC-TV18's Shereen Bhan is joined by Arun Giri, election analyst; Prabhakar Kumar, bureau chief at CNN-News18, Bihar and Sharat Pradhan, political analyst.