Starting the election campaign for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the entire country should come together to build a new Jammu and Kashmir which is free from the cycle of violence. This is Modi’s first public meeting in Maharashtra after the party’s thumping victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing a public meeting in Nashik, Modi said the recent decision of the union government to abrogate Article 370 and 35-A will not just end violence in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh but it will also stop corruption in the state.
“The decision will meet the aspiration of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. We have always said that Kashmir is ours, but the time has come to say that we will build a new Kashmir. The entire country has to come together and work for Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, every village has to be developed,” said Modi.
While talking about the development of J&K, Modi questioned the role of Congress and Sharad Pawar led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). PM said why are opposition leaders making statements that are being used by the enemies of the country to malign India in the international arena.
“I can understand the confusion of Congress but why is a senior leader and experienced leader like Sharad Pawar supporting Pakistan? Everyone in the country and the world know where are terror factories located,” PM added.
In his speech, PM also blamed Congress-NCP government at the centre of compromising on the security of the country. Modi said that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) delayed in procurement of bulletproof jackets for soldiers. He added that the BJP government has not only expedited the process, but also made provisions for its manufacturing within the country.