April 2019 News

No Question Of Demilitarising Kashmir: PM Modi

12 April 2019
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the government will not allow demilitarisation of Kashmir as thousands of soldiers have laid down their lives in the border state. Attacking the Congress's 'weak response' over Kashmir, Modi said the party wants to pull out the armed forces from Kashmir. 'I want to ask the first-time voters in this state and the country whether they are willing to accept compromises on national security. Would they prefer a weak India in the 21st century? Thousands of solider have sacrificed their lives over the Kashmir issue. How will the people allow Kashmir to be separated from us,' he said. PM Modi targeted Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, for allying with the Congress which in turn stood with 'those leaders wanting separate Prime Ministers for India and Jammu and Kashmir.' Addressing a massive election rally in Ahmednagar city, he said 'While I have no expectations from the Congress, I failed to understand Sharadrao (Mr. Pawar) He had split the Congress [in 1999] to form the NCP allegedly for the sake of the country. Yet today, he has allied with the Congress and is silent and refuses to speak on those seeking two Prime Ministers, one in India and one in J & K...Mr. Pawar, how can you even sleep after allying yourself with the Congress?. Modi said: 'Did you include the word 'Nationalist' in your newly formed party [the formation of the NCP in 1999] merely to hoodwink the people of the country. Since when have you begun viewing this country from a foreign prism.' The PM is going to address an election rally in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on April 14. According to reports, the Prime Minister will be campaigning for Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh. The BJP's state president Ravinder Raina said the party is expecting a mega rally with over two lakh people of all seventeen assembly constituencies, expected to attend it. 'The rally will be held at 11 am,' Raina said. This will be Modi's second rally in Jammu region. Earlier, he had addressed an election rally in Akhnoor on March 28 in support of sitting BJP MP and candidate from Jammu-Poonch seat, Jugal Kishore Sharma. Voting for Udhampur seat will be held on April 18 with Dr Singh facing the Congress candidate. The National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party have not entered into polling fray from Jammu so as to prevent the division of the secular vote. The BJP is hoping to repeat its performance of 2014 Lok Sabha polls by winning all the two seats in Jammu region. However, the prospects of repeating the 2014 seems to have dimmed with various issues, including the Rasana rape and murder, hitting the party's image badly in the Hindu majority region. The party has used the security situation and political uncertainty in Kashmir brazenly to ramp up support among the Hindu voters who see action against militants and separatists as the 'only strategy' to end the political turmoil in the conflict-ridden state.