Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his Diwali greetings Sunday morning before flying to Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir to celebrate the festival of lights with soldiers along a volatile Line of Control (LoC) .
“May this auspicious festival brighten your lives with prosperity and good health and may there be happiness all around,” Modi said in a tweet.
“Prime Minister reached Bhimber Gali Brigade along the LoC in Rajouri district this morning to celebrate Diwali with the soldiers”, said Defence spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand.
Rajouri and Poonch, the two border districts, south of Pir Panjal, have been witnessing intense shelling by Pakistan since August 5 when BJP government revoked Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir state bifurcatin it into two union territories.
“Four helicopters reached Rajouri this morning. One landed in Rajouri and three others in Bhimber Gali Brigade headquarters where PM Modi celebrated Diwali with the soldiers,” said army sources.
“The PM complimented the soldiers for guarding the frontiers and foiling sinister designs of the elements inimical to the nation,” they added.
His visit coincided with Infantry Day celebrations to mark the landing of first Indian troops in Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 to push back Pakistan supported intruders
Over the past few years Modi has celebrated Diwali defence personnel in places such as Sichen, the Indo-Pak border in Punjab, Gurez in Kashmir and the Indo-China borders in Uttarakahnd and Himachal Pradesh.
Modi began the practice by celebrating Diwali with troopers in Siachen in 2014 after he became Prime Minister for the first time.
In 2015, which coincided with 50 years of the 1965 Indo-Pak war, he visited the border in Punjab to celebrate Diwali.
In 2016, Modi was in Chamoli in Uttarakhand to celebrate Diwali with the troops of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
Modi spent his fourth Diwali as Prime Minister with soldiers in Gurez in Jammu and Kashmir in 2017.
Last year, the Prime Minister was in Harshil in Himachal Pradesh to celebrate the festival of lights with ITBP personnel.