Thursday, 27 March 2014

Modi changes tone on Kashmir

Modi changes tone on Kashmir: Echoes Mukherjee mantra

‘Was The Vision Of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Right Or That Of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah?; Vajpayee Created Hope Among People In JK’


Jammu, Mar 26: Though committing himself to carry forward the “work” of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Kashmir, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Wednesday changed his tone and posture on Kashmir issue advocating roadmaps projected by the right-wing organizations.
Modi, who addressed a public rally at Hiranagar here after paying obeisance at cave shrine of Shri Mata Vainshno Devi near Katra, hit-out at Congress accusing it to be behind all evils across India.
“They (Congress leaders) say that Congress is a vision. I want to tell Shehzada (Rahul Gandhi) that people are fed up with this vision and they want to move beyond this rhetoric,” he said adding, “You have to decide has the vision of Jawahar Lal Nehru for Kashmir brought any good to the people of the state or Sardar Patel’s ideology on Kashmir was better?”
In the same breath, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate said; “You have also to decide was the vision of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee right or that of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah?”
The right wing organizations have been strongly arguing that Sardar Patel was against Jawahar Lal Nehru for his approach towards J&K. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, the founder of Sangh Parivar, had also launched a campaign for Eik Nishan, Eik Vidhan (one flag, one constitution).
Modi said Congress has not given anything to the country but on the contrary one has to see the approach and vision adopted by the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who created a hope among the people of J&K. “After a long time people of Kashmir had a sigh of relief. Had Vajpayee Ji got 5 more years, the situation in J&K would have been altogether different”, he said claiming that he would try to consolidate the initiatives of Vajpayee.
He added that the militancy over the last 32 years has not only killed humans but Kashmiriyat and Insaniyat too. “The land of Jammu and Kashmir has been soaked in blood by militancy and cross-border militancy,” he said.
“We will solve the Kashmir problem within the framework of Insaniyat (humane approach), Jamhuriyat (democracy) and Kashmiriyat as shown by former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee”, he said and added that development is the only way to prosperity.
In an obvious reference to Congress and NC, he said that the dynastic politics of these parties has only spoiled people’s life and future. “What people got from dynastic politics? It didn’t solve people’s problems but only compounded them”, he said and added, “Three to four generations have been ruling since long but people’s problems have not been solved”.

Hitting out at ruling National Conference and the Congress for not solving the problems of migrants and the refugees during the last more than 4 decades, Modi said those who have not been able to do this in 40 years, have no right to stay in power at the centre and in the state.
“These parties have been befooling the people and have made fake promises during all these years with the refugees. Be it lakhs of PaK refugees, 1965 and 71 refugees or be it Kashmiri migrants,” he said.
“Have you heard of any country where people are struggling for basic rights, citizenship rights and deprived of their motherland for more than 40 years?”, he said and added that in India people of Bangladesh were getting citizenship rights but those who left their houses and settled in India in 1947 are yet to get their due status. “The BJP will work towards solution of their problems”, he added.
Modi also slammed these parties for what he termed using secularism only to hide their misdeeds and failures and befool the people. “Those who don’t have solution to the people’s problems like poverty, unemployment, inflation, education and others, hide behind secularism”, he said adding, “The solution to all the problems lies in development”.

Taking a jibe at Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah over his twitter remarks during his previous rally at Jammu, Modi said he (Omar) should come via helicopter and have an aerial survey once again and judge which direction the wind is blowing. “Omar during our last rally at Jammu had stated that holding such a big rally in J&K is not possible for BJP. The mammoth gathering here is indicative of winds of change blowing across the state”, he said and added that he (Omar) should go for an aerial survey to see that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are heading towards change.

Modi targeted Defence Minister A K Antony and Aam Aadmi chief Arvind Kejriwal, calling them "agents of Pakistan and enemies of India."
"Three AKs have emerged as a unique strength for Pakistan. One is AK-47 which has been used to cause bloodshed in Kashmir. The second is A K Antony, who informs Parliament that people wearing the dress of Pak army beheaded our soldiers while our Army says Pakistanis had come. Who do you want to benefit with your statement," he asked.
Modi took a dig at Kejriwal, who resigned after 49 days as Chief Minister in Delhi, as the "third AK which is AK-49 who has just given birth to a new party".
"The map on his party’s website has shown Kashmir in Pakistan. A senior member of his party is shouting hoarse demanding plebiscite in Kashmir. Pakistan is dancing over their statements. They are agents of Pakistan, enemies of India, and are speaking the language of Pakistan," he said.
Invoking Jan Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Modi said he (Mukherjee) sacrificed his life for Jammu and Kashmir. “More Indian soldiers have sacrificed their lives here than in any war,” he said.

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