Family members of Pulwama martyrs to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

Family members of several martyrs in Pulwama terror attacks have been invited to attend the Swearing-in ceremony of second NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minster Narendra Modi.

It was learnt that one of the invitees is Mamata Biswas from Nadia in West Bengal, whose son Sudip was one of the 40 jawans who were massacred on February 14 when a suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy. The martyr’s mother will land in Delhi on Thursday morning. Sources said the 27-year-old constable’s father was also keen to come but he could not travel because of health reasons.

“Giving this honour to the martyrs and their family members will be a great gesture from the PM to those who lost their lives serving the country and it also shows how the government values their sacrifice. It also counters West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s charge of the government giving political colour to the grand event,” said a source.

The Pulwama terror attack was the trigger for the Modi government to carry out the Balakot air strike on February 26, which set the narrative on how the Modi government was more decisive to crack down on terror, even across the border.

“Yeh hamara siddhant hai ki hum ghar mai ghus kar maarenge… Main lamba intezaar nahin kar sakta (It is our principle to hit enemies inside their territory…. I don’t like to wait for long),” Prime Minister Modi had said at a poll rally in Ahmadabad.