J&K’s love for Modi will let lotus bloom: Amit Shah | India News – Times of India


JAMMU/DEHRADUN: Union home minister Amit Shah said on Tuesday that BJP‘s lotus would bloom in J&K “on its own” as the Narendra Modi govt had earned people’s love and faith by restoring peace in the UT and initiating the development it sorely lacked for decades. Later in Uttarakhand, he said Modi govt would implement UCC in its third term.
“Under PM Modi, govt crushed Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, curbed stone-pelting, and nullified Article 370.Laptops have replaced stones in the hands of J&K youth,” Shah said, contrasting it with what Congress, National Conference and PDP did for the erstwhile state.
He alleged that all three parties exploited the youth of J&K. “They did not allow democracy to grow in J&K. Their govts gave guns to youth and then killed them in fake encounters.”
Shah, who was campaigning for BJP’s Jammu-Reasi candidate Jugal Kishore Sharma in Roop Nagar, said the Modi govt was more interested in people’s welfare than anything else. “J&K slipped into backwardness due to terrorism and agitations over the past 70 years. Modi paved the way for development.”
Referring to PDP chief and ex-CM Mehbooba Mufti’s remark that nullification of Article 370 would trigger a bloodbath in J&K, leaving none to hoist the Tricolour, Shah said the past four-and-a-half years had proved otherwise.
“Article 370 is gone. Now, the Tricolour is touching the skyline across J&K. Modi fulfilled the dream of Syama Prasad Mookerjee, who made the supreme sacrifice on this land for his slogan of ‘Ek desh mein do vidhan, do pradhan aur do nishan nahi challenge’ (you can’t have two sets of laws, two premiers, and two flags),” he said.
Shah said the nullification of Article 370 restored rights to various sections of society, including women, STs, SCs, and OBCs.
He dispelled rumours that the Modi govt was delaying assembly polls in J&K, declaring that elections would be held before Sept 30, the deadline set by Supreme Court. “Nobody should have any doubt on this,” PTI quoted the home minister as saying.
At a rally in Uttarakhand’s Kotdwar in support of BJP candidate Anil Baluni, Shah praised CM Pushkar Singh Dhami for implementing UCC in the state. “The PM has now promised to follow Uttarakhand’s example in his third term,” Shah said.
He attacked Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge for alleging that the PM would end reservation during his third term. “Modiji is the staunchest advocate of reservation,” Shah said.


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