New Delhi: Launching Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s poll campaign for the upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a rally in Nasik on Thursday put the blame on Congress for what the people of Kashmir have faced in the past. He further called for “hugging each Kashmiri” and creating a “new paradise” in the Valley.
According to NDTV, Modi put focus on the Centre’s actions in the region – revocation of Kashmir’s special status and its bifurcation into two union territories – as among his government’s major achievemnts in its first 100 days during his second term.
“We always knew and said “Kashmir humaara hai” (Kashmir is ours), but now, there will be a new slogan for every Indian… that “ab milkar ek naya Kashmir banana hai” (we must come together and build a new Kashmir… phir ek baar, Kashmir ko swarg banana hai... (Once again, we must ensure Kashmir becomes heaven on Earth),” he said.
“The decision to revoke provisions under Article 370 was a decision for the unity of India,” Modi said. “This decision is going to be the medium of fulfilling the aspirations and dreams of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
“A lot of efforts are being taken from across the border to spread unrest and disbelief and foment violence in Jammu and Kashmir,” Modi further said, adding: “The youth, mothers and sisters in Jammu and Kashmir have made up their mind to come out of the long period of violence. They want development and new job opportunities.”
The implementation of the constitution in totality in Jammu and Kashmir wasn’t just the decision of a government but was done keeping in view sentiments of 130 crore Indians, he said.
“This decision was taken to bring out people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from violence, terrorism, separatism and corruption,” Modi said.
“Cattle don’t vote,” Modi said on criticism that his government’s programme to vaccinate 50 crore livestock is a political move.
The national animal disease control programme is aimed at eradicating foot and mouth disease and brucellosis in livestock and vaccinating over 50 crore livestock, including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs against foot and mouth disease.
(With PTI inputs)