It's an opportunity to change J&K's destiny: PM

  • Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Dec 16, 2014 20:45 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the elections were an opportunity for the people to change the destiny of Jammu and Kashmir.

The PM said the people of Jammu should not allow the opponents of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to get even a single vote.

"People of Kashmir have defeated previous voting records; can't people of Jammu do the same? Please do something that world salutes and acknowledges you," Modi said at an election rally in Jammu, which was attended by nearly 50,000 people.

Though he avoided touching upon contentious issues such as Article 370 and fight against separatism, he did not forget to strike an emotional chord with people living in Jammu region by raising the issue of "discrimination" with the Jammu region, which he tried to pitch against Kashmir.

"The National Conference (NC), Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) and Congress are giving statements that BJP won't get a single seat in Kashmir. I appeal and challenge the self-respect people of the Jammu that these parties shouldn't get even a single seat from the 20 constituencies. It's the way people should respond to them," he said.

The 20 seats of the Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri go to polls in the last phase on Dec 20. In the last Assembly elections, the BJP has won 10- its tally was 11- and Cong had secured five seats. The polls prospects of the BJP hinges on its performance here 18 are Hindu majority seats.

"All along-even as a RSS worker- I have been hearing people of Jammu complaining about discrimination by the government in Kashmir. Now, when I hear statement of NC, PDP and Congress that BJP will not get a single seat, I think your complain has logic strong points," he said, in attempt to strike chord with the people of the Jammu.

But to strike a balance he also said " The parties have played divisive politics but we doing inclusive politics with our tagline 'saab ka saath saab ke vikas'. "

The PM hit out hard at the Congress, as it also has major stakes in the Jammu region and its leadership has been also confronting Kashmir based parties and leadership, a role till now confined to BJP.

" The Congress has worked for a fractured mandate to take benefit of a "weak" government in the state by offering its support. They have been consistently making mistakes of hurting the Jammu. But it's the time they should be rejected by the people," said Modi.

Modi also hit out at a dynastic politics- referring to NC and PDP - and said it's like terminate to the democracy and against its essence.

"All political pundits will prove wrong on the counting. The amount of response I am seeing is so overwhelming," said Modi.

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