New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing a BJP rally in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari town, said every Indian is proud that brave Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is from Tamil Nadu, following it up with the statement that he is proud that India’s first woman defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is also from Tamil Nadu. This was the first time that the Prime Minister directly spoke about the IAF pilot who has been in Pakistani custody for the last two days.
The PM had made a cryptic reference to the IAF pilot on Thursday after his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan made the announcement about his release. The Prime Minister, who was present at a science award function said, “You are folks who spend your lives in a laboratory, and are used to conducting pilot projects. A pilot project is followed by scalability. Now a pilot project has been completed. Now we have to make it real. Earlier it was just a practice session”.