Yeh dil mange more, said Narendra Modi on Tuesday, reaching out to young voters and invoking the famous words of Kargil war martyr Captain Vikram Batra at a rally in his hometown Palampur in Kangra in Himachal Pradesh.
“The country’s car is lying in a ditch and to bring it out, we need a lot of strength. For this, yeh dil mange more (the heart wants more). For this, I need 300 lotuses [MPs],” Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate said, seeking votes for Shanta Kumar, the party veteran contesting from the Kangra Lok Sabha seat.
“When we take the name of Somnath Sharma [an army major martyred in 1947], we feel proud. When we remember Vikram Batra, the heart says: Yeh dil mange more,” he said, to laud applause. “And the same Vikram Batra’s words tell me that in this election, ‘yeh dil mange more’.”
“No one has seen such an election in our political history. This is the first election which people, not politicians or parties, of the country are fighting,” he said.
Then reaching out to young voters, Modi said the age between 18 and 28 were the most crucial for any youth. “Those aged between 18 and 28 can’t take any risk. You need a strong government in Delhi to work for you.
Interestingly, Captain Vikram Batra’s mother Kamal Kanta Batra is also contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the Hamirpur seat on an Aam Aadmi Party ticket against BJP’s Anurag Thakur.