Prime Minister Narendra Modi said terrorists are now frustrated as ballots have defeated bullets. The PM made this statement at rally in Udhampur, when an about 30-hr long encounter with terrorists at Arnia, about 110 km from Jammu, was still going on.
"Terrorists are frustrated. They are realising that even after so many killings, the people of the state have reposed faith in democracy. It's a victory of democracy. I salute the voters of the state," said the PM. 11 people, including three army personnel and four civilians had died in a terrorist attack at Arnia on Thursday. One more terrorist was shot dead on Friday.
About 70% voting was recorded in the first phase of polling in 15 constituencies on November 25. It was an 11% rise in the Kashmir region from the last assembly elections in 2008.
"The huge polling in the first phase was a historical win of democracy. It has changed negative international perception about Jammu and Kashmir," he said at a rally in Poonch, about 240 km from Jammu at a separate rally. It was the sixth visit of the Prime Minister to the state.
The PM, without naming National Conference or Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), blamed them for the ills of the state.
"The state is suffering from the father-son (Farooq and Omar Abdullah) and father-daughter (Mufti Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti) illness, and can be cured by eradicating it democratically," he said at Poonch.
"The state has been looted by all the ruling parties in the last 30 years. Enough has happened. I promise to do in five-year what has not happened in the last 30 years," said Modi.
He said the state continue to get financial assistance but now there will be accountability to ensure taht it reaches the right and needy person.
"I have tightened the screw. That's why both the ruling (NC) and opposition (PDP) are levelling allegations against me, as I am coming in their way of loot," said Modi.