Won’t allow Abdullahs, Muftis to divide J&K from India: Modi

ARVIND SHARMA. Updated: 4/15/2019 11:42:14 AM Front Page

‘Committed to KPs resettlement, citizenship rights to PoK, WPR refugees’

JAMMU: In a blistering attack on dynastic politics, the Prime Minister Narender Modi today said that two families—that of the Abdullahs and the Muftis--have spoiled the future of three generations of Jammu and Kashmir.

He accused the National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of trying to “secede J&K from India”, an attempt which he will not allow.

Asserting that NC and PDP’s demand for separating Jammu and Kashmir from India has been exposed like Pakistan's nuclear threat had been "deflated", Modi reiterated that he was committed to resettle Kashmiri Pandits in the valley and to provide citizenship rights to PoK and West Pakistani refugees who settled in State after migrating from across the border decades ago.

Modi was addressing an election rally in Kathua—his second in less than three weeks in state-- in support of Union minister Jitendra Singh who is seeking re-election from Udhampur parliamentary constituency.

“The Abdullah and Mufti families have "ruined" three generations in the state. They laid seize to the state for three generations. For the better future of the state, they need to be voted out,” he told the rally.

“Jammu and Kashmir is not personal property of dynasts and no one can separate J&K from India as it is an integral part of our country and each and every person living here is citizen of India.

“I want to tell Mufti and Abdullah family that even if you bring your entire clan together, you won’t be able to secede J&K from India and disintegrate our country,” Modi said.

“I want to tell them, Modi na jhukta hai aur na hi bikta hai," Modi said, while adding, “I will not allow Abdullahs and Muftis to divide the country and secede J&K from India. I am standing like a rock against all nefarious designs against my country”.

He said that ouster of these 2 families is must for the bright future of the people of J&K.

“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.

He was referring to NC leader Omar Abdullah's demand for a separate prime minister for Jammu and Kashmir and Mehbooba Mufti's remark that abrogation of article 370 can lead J&K free from India.

Modi said the BJP is duty-bound to party's ideologue Shyama Prasad Mukherjee who raised tricolour on this land and scarified his life asserting that "Ek desh mein do vidhan, do pradhan aur do nishan nahi chalenge (a single country cannot have two constitutions, two prime ministers, and two national emblems)".

"In the recent past, you saw how 'mahamilawat' of the Congress, the National Conference and the PDP got exposed. What was in their hearts for decades and for which they were working clandestinely has come out in the open.

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".

“Congress didn’t do justice with the army by questioning surgical strike and air strike,” he said adding, “This is Congress’ old habit to hide its failures”.

"Can a patriot speak like this? Shouldn't our security forces have a safety net," he asked people at the rally.

"Days have gone when threats used to cow down the government of India. This is new India, which will enter (into Pakistan) to kill terrorists and expose their supporters too. You are not choosing just a MP, but it is your veto on new strategy and new policy of this nation," the PM said.

Terming Congress, the NC and PDP a "highly impure coalition", Modi said that day in and day out they (NC and PDP) are threatening to sever J&K from India. "They threaten of blood shed... of a separate Prime Minister."

Taking a dig at them, he said that Pakistan was also threatening us with nuclear (power)? "Has steam of that nuclear threat fizzled out?", he poses question to people. People responded with yes.

Campaigning for Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh, who is seeking re-election from Udhampur Lok Sabha seat, the prime minister said people in Jammu and Kashmir voted in large numbers in the first phase of 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".

While appealing people to vote for BJP for a stronger India, Modi said that he has visited across length and breadth of India during campaigning and he can sense that here is a stronger wave and undercurrent in favor of BJP this time.

“BJP’s victory in J&K would give sleepless nights to many people across the border which I can sense,” he said.

Modi said he is committed to resettle Kashmiri Pandits in the valley and to provide citizenship rights to PoK and West Pakistani refugees who settled in Jammu and Kashmir after migrating from across the border decades ago.

He blamed the Congress for the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley and said it would never be able to provide justice to the community and the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

"It is due to Congress's policies that my Kashmiri Pandit brothers and sisters had to leave their homes. The party and its allies witnessed the atrocities committed against Pandits but they paid no heed," the prime minister said.

Modi said that even today, the Congress is reluctant to speak on the issue of Pandits but "this chowkidar is promise-bound to resettle them on their land. This process has already been started".

Similarly, Modi said, his government has started the process of providing citizenship rights to refugees from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Pakistan who were compelled by circumstances to come here post-Independence.

"We are making continuous efforts to provide them citizenship. On May 23, when election results are announced and once again the Modi government comes to power, efforts will be restarted to pass the citizenship act," the prime minister said.

Accusing the Congress of injustice against people of the country over 60 years, he asked whether the party would be able to give justice to the Kashmiri Pandits and the victims of 1984 Sikh riots.

"It is the party which is parroting (demand for) justice, but it is only to deceive the people," he said alleging that "generation after generation, it deceived the people in the name of justice to achieve its political interests".

Seeking votes for the party, Modi said the chowkidar was making sincere efforts for the people's security and prosperity, while maintaining honour and dignity.

"Your vote in 2014 paved the way for reservation for border residents, 10 per cent quota for poor families in education and government services, besides uplifting the standard of living of poor families who got their own house, toilets, free LPG and electricity connections," he said.

The prime minister said the votes in favour of the BJP also ensured direct transfer of Rs 75 crore to the accounts of 12 crore farmer families annually and poor families got medical insurance of Rs five lakh, besides resumption of the stalled work on Shahpur Kandi dam project.

The construction of roads, underground bunkers for border residents, tunnels and bridges, AIIMS, IIT and IIM also gained momentum in the state, he said.

"You vote on April 18 will increase the pace of development works, cause sleepless nights for some people across the border and will also strengthen Modi," he said.

Updated On 4/15/2019 11:42:45 AM


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