May 2003 News

JK People Very Much In National Mainstream: PM

20 May 2003
The Daily Excelsior

Lucknow: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said large-scale participation of people in the last Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections had proved hollow the propaganda that they did not want to stay in India. About 44 to 45 per cent people participated in the elections despite threats from terrorists and this had proved that they were very much interested in staying in the national mainstream, Vajpayee told BJP workers here. Now Jammu and Kashmir has an elected Govenment and it would do its best in solving problems faced by the people, he said. Terming unemployment as the major problem in the State that led to militancy, Vajpayee said the youths of the State would now get free education 'The youths there can have even the higher education free of cost,' he said. Stating he did not wish to go into the reasons how weaknesses in the education system had led to problems in the State, Vajpayee said 'everybody knows that education system should have been more job- oriented.' Referring to overwhelming response of the people during his recent visit to Srinagar, he said 'a grand meeting, the first of its kind in the past 15 to 20 years, was held in the Valley during my visit.' (PTI)


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