Kathua, Apr 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday slammed the Abdullahs and Muftis, saying two families had “ruined” three generations of Jammu and Kashmir and he will not allow them to “divide” India.
The prime minister was referring to National Conference leader Omar Abdullah’s demand for a separate prime minister for Jammu and Kashmir.
The Abdullah and Mufti families have “ruined” three generations in the state. “They laid siege to the state for three generations. For the better future of the state, they need to be voted out,” he told a public rally in Kathua.
The bright future of Jammu and Kashmir can be ensured only after their departure. They can bring their entire clan into the field, can abuse Modi as much as they want, but they won’t be able to divide this nation, the prime minister said.
Campaigning for Minister of State for the PMO Jitendra Singh, who is seeking re-election from the Udhampur Lok Sabha seat, the prime minister said people in Jammu and Kashmir voted in large numbers in the first phase of the polls and “rattled” terrorist leaders, opportunists and demoralised the “mahamilavat” alliance.
Modi said, “You have proven the strength of democracy in India, in the first phase of elections”.
Lashing out at the Congress, the prime minister said, “Congress had been infected with germs. The grand old party’s manifesto promise that AFSPA will be removed from the state if they come to power to demoralise the security forces”.
“Can a patriot speak like this? Shouldn’t our security forces have a safety net,” he asked people at the rally.
Modi accused the Congress of politicising the Jallianwala Bagh Centenary.”The vice president was at Jallianwala Bagh for the government event. He paid tribute to martyrs but the Congress chief minister was not there”, he said, claiming that nationalism was an insult for the Opposition.
The Punjab chief minister, he said, had insulted the Jallianwala Bagh memorial by not attending the government’s memorial on the day of the centenary.
Modi said he can understand the kind of pressure on Amarinder Singh.”I have known Captain Amaridner Singh for a long time. I have never raised a question on his patriotism. I can understand the kind of pressure that must have been put on him for this kind of ‘parivar bhakti”, Modi said.
Referring to doubts raised by the Congress on the 2016 surgical strikes and IAF strikes in Balakot, he claimed that the Congress has never trusted the Indian armed forces.
“For the Congress, the army is only a way of earning money,” Modi said.
The prime minister also referred to the 1984 Sikh riots and said the Congress was betraying the people by promising “nyay” (justice).
Hitting out at the Congress for the migration of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley, Modi said the BJP is committed to bring the community back to their land.
Prime Minister Modi questioned the Congress saying “Who would do justice when they did injustice for 60 years? Will Congress ever be able to provide justice to Kashmiri Pandits? Will they be able to provide justice to those massacred in 1984 riots?”
He further assured the Kashmiri Pandits that he was committed to settling the displaced Pandits in their native places in Jammu and Kashmir and added that the work has already started in this regard.
“Congress might avoid taking their name but this chowkidar is committed to letting Kashmiri Pandits live on their land. Work has begun. We’re also making efforts to form a law to provide citizenship to families which have come here helplessly from Pak&believe in’Ma Bharti’,” said PM Modi.
Omar calls it ‘another Jumla’
Srinagar, Apr 14: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Sunday sought to dismiss Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vow to rid J&K of “these two political families” by wondering if it was another ‘jumla’. Prime Minister, in a rally at Kathua, earlier in the day, claimed that the Abdullah family (National Conference) and Mufti family (PDP) destroyed the lives of three generations in the state.
“We have to rid J&K of these two political families” says Modi ji in 2014 and then promptly goes and makes not one but two members of the Mufti family CM of J&K. In 2019 Modi ji says, “we have to rid J&K of these two political families”. Another jumla Modi ji?, asked Abdullah on Twitter.
The NC leader also shared a picture of PM Modi with former PDP chief Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and wrote,”This is how much Modi ji believes what he says. Look how happy he is to seal an alliance with one of the families he wants to rid J&K politics of.”
Modi bashes parties before elections, stitches alliance later: Mehbooba
Srinagar, Apr 14: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claiming that he bashes political parties before elections and stitches alliances with the very same parties later.
Mufti’s remark comes after the Prime Minister, in a rally at Kathua earlier in the day, claimed that the Abdullah family (National Conference) and Mufti family (PDP) destroyed the lives of three generations in the state.
“Why does PM bash political families pre elections & then sends his envoys to stitch alliances with the very same parties? NC in 99 & PDP in 2015. Why do they choose power over Article 370 then? BJP with its noxious agenda of banishing Muslims & minorities wants to divide India,” Mufti tweeted.