Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday inaugurate a newly built war memorial — Shaurya Samarak — and address a meeting of former servicemen at Lal Pared ground, in Bhopal during his three-hour visit, ahead of the BRICS meet in Goa.
The Prime Minister’s visit comes at a time when political parties are busy launching war-of-words over the Indian Army’s surgical strikes across the LoC, destroying terror launch pads.
PM Modi will land in Bhopal at around 4 pm and will head to Lal Parade ground to address an ex-servicemen’s gathering called ‘Shaurya Samman Sabha’, reported HT. Following that, he will inaugurate the Shourya Smarak, built by the state government, in the evening.
“It is a matter of pride for Madhya Pradesh people that the Shaurya Smarak came up with the state government’s efforts and the PM is going to inaugurate it. This will give a boost to the morale of not only the armed forces but also the citizens of the country,” state BJP vice-president Vijesh Lunawat said.
The war memorial, built over 12 acres on Arera Hills at a cost of approximately Rs 41 crore, has a 62-foot Shaurya Stambh, an amphitheatre with a capacity to seat 1,000 people and galleries to showcase the armed forces’ history and wars the country has fought.
On February 24, 2010, the foundation stone of the war memorial was laid by the then army chief General Deepak Kapoor.
“Inauguration of the war memorial by the Prime Minister and his address to the ex-servicemen will boost the morale of army men. The state government has put in great efforts to acknowledge and underline the role and image of the armed forces,” wing commander (retd) Arun Puri was quoted as saying by the English newspaper.
PM Modi’s Bhopal visit comes three days after his Dussehra speech in Lucknow where he said that “sometimes war becomes unavoidable” but said those who support and provide sanctuary to terrorists can’t be spared.