Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Jammu and Kashmir will be a turning point in its history, chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said on Sunday.
“People have great expectations from the visit of the Prime Minister who is a visionary and has his eyes fixed on overall development of Jammu and Kashmir. I see this as a turning point in the history of the state,” Sayeed said while recalling former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s address to the people at Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium at Sonwar in 2003.
Modi is scheduled to address a rally at the same venue on November 7. The chief minister, while addressing a public meeting in Srinagar, cited several instances where the Centre extended wholehearted support in core sectors linked to connectivity, healthcare, education and rural development.
He said the Prime Minister had personally intervened in speeding up work of four-lanning of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and broadening the scope of railway network in the state. “I met Modi a couple of times and realized that he genuinely wants to win the hearts and minds of people of the state,” Sayeed said.
He also praised Modi for inviting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in his swearing-in ceremony last year. Urging India and Pakistan to shun confrontation and engage in a meaningful dialogue, Sayeed said the state is the first casualty of tension between the two countries.
He stressed that if India has to emerge as a world power, it will have to foster and maintain friendly ties with all its neighbours, including Pakistan.