PM Modi invokes Vajpayee, pitches for J-K’s growth

  • Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Katra
  • Updated: Apr 20, 2016 11:02 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting in Katra. (PTI)

Invoking AB Vajpayee’s concept of ‘Insaniyat’ ‘Jahmoriyat’ and ‘Kashmiriyat’ for moving ahead on Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that his government has added ‘sab ka saath sab ka vikas’ to his vision.

“Vajpayee is the most loved and respected leader in Jammu and Kashmir. He had a vision of taking J-K to new heights on the three pillars of ‘Insaniyat’, ‘Jhamooriyat’ and ‘Kashmiriyat’. We have added colour of ‘sab ka saath sab ka vikas’ to it. We have to take along every one for the welfare of the state to fulfill these dreams,” said the PM at public meeting in Katra, about 50-km from Jammu city.

It was Modi’s first visit after BJP-PDP sealed alliance in the state and comes against the backdrop of simmering tension in the valley, where five people were killed in firing by security forces in Handwara and Kupwara.

The PM in a stark contrast to his last public address at Sringar — where he, in the presence of the then chief minister late Mufti Sayeed, had said he did not need anyone’s advise on Kashmir, praised chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. Modi said Mehbooba was quite energetic and was working to fulfill the dreams of the state.

“The Centre is working with full force and moving shoulder-to-shoulder with the state government to fullfill the aspirations and desires of the state. We had announced Rs 80,000-crore package for the development of the state,” said the PM.

In reference to the killing of five youths, including a budding cricketer, in a firing by security forces in the Valley last week, the PM said when Kashmiri youth shine in Indian cricket, the country takes pride in it.

Mehbooba said there is pain in Kashmir and we have to a find a solution to address it.

“When Vajpayee was about to take Lahore bus yatra, a massacre took place just a few meters from this place. I was the first one to reach there. Then there was Chattisinghpora and now the death of these five youth,” said the CM.

As many as 20 Hindus were gunned down by terrorist in Rajouri and Udhampur districts in April 1999 when Vajpayee had embarked on the bus yatra. Thirty eight Sikhs were killed in Chattisinghporain March 2000 on the eve of the visit of the then US president Bill Clinton to India.

She said by joining hands with Modi, Mufti Sayeed had joined hands with crores of Indians and the nation has to find address to the problems of the Kashmiri youth.

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