Modi says Pak should look at enthusiasm of voters in J-K

  • Vikram Sharma, Hindustan Times, Kathua
  • Updated: Dec 13, 2014 23:29 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while praising the people of Jammu and Kashmir for coming out in large numbers to exercise their franchise on Saturday said that the massive voting had done what AK-47 triggers could not do.

“I salute the voters of the state,” the PM said at a rally at Kathua, 80 kms from Jammu. J&K registered 70% voting in first two phases and about 60% in the third phase.

Attaching significance to Kathua as town bordering Pakistan and facing regular aggression, Modi said that freeze put on recruitment in army for Kathua youth by erstwhile government would be removed under his regime so that ‘sons of soil’ can protect the borders in uniform and guns.

Modi also dubbed Congress as an ‘intruder’, saying that it infiltrated into government through power sharing arrangement with National Conference or Peoples Democratic Party and simultaneously backstabbed.

“Congress, PDP and National Conference are your culprit. You need to identity them up from the grass root to throw them out,” he urged.

Stirring the emotional chord, the PM launched a scathing attack on the ‘dynastic rules of Abdullahs and Muftis and said that the sons and daughters of the common people of the state are more important than the father-son or father-daughter duos, who have ruled the state into hopelessness.

“See the strength of democracy where a son of a tea seller can become the Prime Minister of the country. I do not see any reason why a son or daughter of the common man cannot rise to eminence,” Modi said.

He also launched an attack on the previous government remaining indulged into self-benefits and celebrations without caring for the people.

“You have seen many governments. Name any that have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with you in grievances. Government in democracy is not formed for celebrations or filling own coffers. It is formed to work for people,” he remarked.

Modi also promised to bring in a new law for suicides which can be stopped through counselling. Citing example of UN deciding to celebrate June 21 as International Yoga Day, Modi said that within 6 months of his rule, the world started taking India seriously.

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