Modi emerging saviour in flood-hit Kashmir

  • Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2014 07:53 IST

With the perception of total failure of the state government very strong, it's Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is emerging as the savior of people of the Kashmir Valley. Loud voices are emerging that the BJP should form the next government in the state. The reason people say it's after the visit of the PM that the army and other central assistance arrived to rescue the affected people.

"Take my words. There is strong undercurrent and many people want that the next government should of the BJP. We were saved by the army and NDRF and tell me who send them. The state government has failed completely," said Peerzada, a resident of Rajbagh.

Like Peerzada, thousands of people here see the central assistance and army's rescue efforts with the efforts, especially of the PM.

"We never expected such prompt action by PM Modi. It was a surprise for us that he visited Kashmir on Sunday, when the situation starting turning grave," said Mohammad Nayeem, 55, a resident
of Barzulla.

In the just concluded parliamentary elections, the BJP had got about 2% votes in the Kashmir Valley. The party is trying to make inroads in the Valley, hitherto considered as 'untouchable' by the people here.

Though the state government holds the view that the scale of tragedy was beyond its capabilities to handle, it was geared up even before the visit of the PM.

"It's wrong to say rescue and relief efforts were geared up after the visit of the PM. We were making our best efforts, but had limited resources," said rural development minister Ali Mohammad Sagar.

But for thousands of people who were saved, it's the army which is the sole savior and it's being viewed as the face of Modi.

"We are thankful to the army who saved us. Thanks to the efforts of the central government we are breathing today, if we would have been left to the state government, we would have died long back," said Rukhsana, 60, who was trapped along with her family at Jawahar Nagar.

Barring a few exceptions, the efforts of the army are being hailed. The army was earlier seen as an institution of India, meant for suppressing the people of the Valley.

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