Addressing a rally in Gohana in Sonipat, Haryana, his fourth one for the October 21 polls, PM Modi while referring to abrogation of Article 370, asked the gathering: "You know what happened on August 5? What no one could have imagined. On August 5, India's Constitution in entirety became applicable in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.
He said while his government took the decision in national interest, "but Congress and parties like them cannot understand the sentiments of people."
#BREAKING on #KashmirIntegrated | Close to 8,000 paramilitary troops airlifted and moved in from Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Assam and other parts of the country to the Kashmir valley pic.twitter.com/lwBLV9f137— Republic (@republic) August 5, 2019
"You can criticise me as much as you can but at least give respect to Maa Bharat (India)," said PM Modi.
Gohana in Sonipat district is considered a stronghold of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
However, both Mr Hooda and his son Deepender Singh Hooda lost the Lok Sabha polls from Sonipat and Rohtak parliamentary constituencies, respectively and PM Modi took a veiled dig at this.