Won’t allow Abdullahs, Muftis to divide India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Kathua: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday slammed the Abdullahs and Muftis, saying two families “ruined” three generations of Jammu and Kashmir and he will not allow them to “divide” India. The prime minister was referring to NC 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 seize to the state for three generations. For the better future of the state, they need to be voted out, he told a public rally here.
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 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”. 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 in Jallianwala Bagh for the government event. He paid tribute to martyrs but Congress CM was not there”, he said, charging that nationalism was an insult for the opposition. The Punjab chief minister, he said, 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 Capt Amaridner Singh for a long time. I have never raised a question on his patriotism. I can understand the kind of pressure which 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 charged that Congress has never trusted the Indian armed forces. “For the Congress, the Army is only a way of earning money,” Modi charged. Hitting out at the Congress for migration of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley, Modi said the BJP is committed to bring the community back to their land. “The policies of Congress were responsible for Kashmiri Pandits leaving their homes in valley”, he said. “The Congress was so concerned about their vote bank, that they pretended not to see atrocities against my Kashmiri Pandit brothers and sisters,” he added. The prime minister also referred to the 1984 Sikh riots and said the Congress was betraying the people by promising “nyay”.
Omar hits back at Modi
Srinagar: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Sunday asked PM Modi why did he make two members of the Mufti family Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister after condemning them in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. “‘We have to rid J&K of these two political families,’ says Modiji in 2014 and then promptly goes and makes not one but two members of the Mufti family CM of J&K,” Abdullah tweeted. “In 2019 Modiji says ‘we have to rid J&K of these two political families’. Another jumla Modiji?”
Abdullah also tweeted a picture of Modi and PDP leader Mufti Mohammed Sayeed embracing one another and said: “This is how much Modiji 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.” Earlier in the day, Modi told an election rally in Jammu and Kashmir that the state needed to be “saved” from the Mufti and the Abdullah families.