Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti reached out to the youth of the state that has off late witnessed flared tempers over the controversy at National Institute of Technology, Srinagar and violent protest in north Kashmir.
While Modi drove home the message invoking famous quote of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari ‘Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriat’, Mehbooba spoke about the “pain in the heart of Kashmir” which needs to be addressed immediately.
“People of Jammu and Kashmir had enormous faith in Atal Bihari Vajpayee… Very few leaders commanded such respect… He used to say Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriyat are key to progress of Jammu and Kashmir. We have to take the state to new heights through these pillars,” PM Modi said at the inauguration of Shri Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital in Jammu.
Speaking of his ally PDP and late CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, he said the latter always thought about reducing the gap between Jammu and Srinagar.
“Mehbooba ji always talks about the development of Jammu and Kashmir when we meet. When such a thought is there, development is bound to happen,” the Prime Minister said lauding the current Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Both BJP and PDP, ideologically disparate parties, had struck an alliance last year after the assembly polls threw scattered numbers. The alliance off late underwent a chill post the demise of sitting CM Mufti Sayeed. It took a meeting between PM Modi and Mufti’s successor Mehbooba Mufti to resume the alliance government after three months of ambiguity.
Speaking at the same event, Mehbooba Mufti stressed on the need to address the grievances and aspirations of youth in the state. This was the first public address by her after she took over as the CM of the state early this month.
“I am proud to live in a nation where people from different religions live in peace and harmony but there is a pain… There is a pain in heart of Kashmir and we all have to heal it together,” she said, adding “We need to heal it so that the youth of Kashmir flourish like those in rest of the country.”
Referring to the recent incident of protest in Handwara town of north Kashmir, which resulted in the killing of five persons in a firing by security personnel, Ms Mufti expressed hope that under the leadership of the Prime Minister her government will be able to restore peace in the state.
Earlier, in his address, PM Modi added that Jammu and Kashmir is attracting students from all over the nation and this gives strength to India.
(With inputs from the PTI)