Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the first phase of the Ahmedabad Metro train service. The 6.5-km-long first phase has two corridors connecting Vastral to Thaltej Gam and Gyaspur depot to Motera stadium, PTI reported.

Modi took a ride on the train with Union minister Hardeep Puri, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel.

Modi is in his home turf Gujarat for a two-day visit. In Jamnagar, Modi inaugurated various development projects, including a medical college campus.

In a speech following the inauguration in Ahmedabad, Modi criticised recent remarks by Opposition leaders and said such statements were being published in Pakistani newspapers, ANI reported.

“The comments made by Indian politicians become headlines in Pakistani newspapers,” the prime minister said, targeting the Opposition. “The Pakistan Parliament is discussing them. Will you make remarks which Pakistan applauds?”

He said the Indian Armed Forces had shown courage, referring to the Indian Air Force’s strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad camp in Balakot on February 26. “And I cannot keep waiting, it is my nature to hit back [against Pakistan],” the prime minister added.

Modi also said he has been unable to forget the terror attacks in Ahmedabad in 2008, in which 56 people were killed. “I will not spare the terrorists even if they live at the bottom of hell,” he said.

In February, the Union Cabinet had given its approval for the construction of the second phase of the Ahmedabad Metro project, which will be 28.2 km long and will connect Motera cricket stadium to Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.