Asserting that he has deep affection for Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday vowed to fulfil the “dream” of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee based on “democracy, humanity and Kashmiriyat” that has made a “special place” in the hearts of people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing his first election rally in the state, he said “democracy, humanity and Kashmiriyat, these words of Atal ji have made special place in the hearts of Kashmiris and have ignited a hope in every Kashmiri youth about better future”
“I want to urge people to install with full majority a BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir and trust my words that the dream, which Atal ji had seen for J&K, Modi will use all his might and will to fulfil that dream.”
He warned against attempts to link religion to politics, saying “a Kashmiri is a Kashmiri” and the government at the Centre was committed to development of the state.
“Our mantra is only development, development and development,” he said, adding “I will return your trust in me with interest by ensuring full fledged development in J&K.”
He said his wish is to complete the work started by Vajpayee. “It is my wish and I will come repeatedly here for that,” the Prime Minister said amid slogans of ‘Modi, Modi’ from the audience.
“I have deep affection for Kashmir. Affection from the core of my heart and soul,” he told the rally at Chowgan ground in Kishtwar town, adding other political parties were surprised that there has not been even a single month when Modi has not come to Kashmir.
“He has come in July, August, September, October and now in November,” Modi said referring to himself.
Recalling the NDA rule under Vajapyee, he said, “Every Kashmiri thought that now their dreams be fulfilled. But during last ten years, what has happened with Kashmir and its situation.”
Taking a dig at successive governments in the state over corruption, he said, “If there is a hole in the bucket then the water will not stay. I wonder where the money that comes from the Centre goes”.
“I am for development and I want to debate development and ensure that development takes a fast path in J&K,” Modi said.
He alleged that the state has been robbed of development for the last 50 years.
“Will only two families rule in J&K, can’t other families produce leaders? You are repenting for the last 50 years . . . . If you don’t punish the two families ruling here, they (the families) will come back with renewed resurgence,” he said without directly naming Abdhullahs and Muftis.
“They have an understanding among themselves. One loots the state for five years and then is thrown out of power and then the other start looting the state. They have a five-year contract to loot the state,” Modi alleged.
He also slammed the opposition in the state of running a “false” campaign that the BJP government is not concerned about the refugees and asserted that he considers it a “duty” to reach out to them as well.