Jammu & Kashmir polls: PM Modi flays NC, PDP for stalling the state`s progress

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Kishtwar, Nov 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday stressed on his development mantra for Jammu and Kashmir once again, and lashed out at the National Conference and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for stalling the state’s progress.

Addressing a public rally in poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar in support of his Party’s candidates in the fray, the Prime Minister said: “Can only two families rule Kashmir? These families have an understanding. One will rule for fiver years then the other takes over.”

“There is five-year contract for looting Kashmir between the two families,” Modi said, adding “If you don’t punish the two families ruling here, they will come back with renewed resurgence.”

Criticising the Omar Abdullah government’s handling of the recent floods that ravaged the state, Modi said: “For the Kashmir government, the floods were an opportunity to loot the region.”

The Prime Minister also talked about solving the “problems of refugees that have been existing for 50 years”, and said: “From Jammu and Kashmir we will find solution to the issue of the refugees. I want to tell those spreading lies that they should not mislead people.”

Modi promised the people that he will develop tourism in the state and ensure that the country’s film industry once again chooses to shoot here where Bollywood has captured its beauty in many songs and stories.

Modi said: “The film industry was crazy about Kashmir. So many films were shot here but they went away. I want to bring them back.”

Modi urged people to vote for his party saying the Centre and the entire country is willing to support them, adding “You will not regret if you give us a chance to serve. Vote for BJP.”

The Prime Minister said: “People are astonished as to why I like Jammu and Kashmir so much, I am here because I want to continue what Atal ji started.” Modi told the gathering.

He said: “Whenever I have come to Kashmir, I have come to talk about development,” and added if Kutch in Gujarat can be developed, Kashmir cannot be far behind.

“Earlier being posted to Kutch was seen as a punishment. Now, I can say Kutch is the fastest growing district in Gujarat,” Modi added.

The Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held in five phases, between November 25 and December 20, and votes will be counted on December 23. The first phase of the elections are scheduled on November 25.

(With Agency Inputs)

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