JALGAON – Hitting out at the opposition parties for objecting to the government’s decision of abrogating Article 370, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said it will not take more than four months to normalise the kind of situation that prevailed in Jammu and Kashmir for 40 years.
Addressing a rally in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district to campaign for the BJP for the upcoming state polls, Modi said Jammu and Kashmir was “not just a parcel of land, but crown of India”, and assured it will not take more than four months to normalise the kind of situation that prevailed there for 40 years.
He accused the opposition parties of politicising the issue of Article 370 and charged them with “speaking on the same lines as that of the neighbouring country”.
Attacking the Congress and NCP, Modi said it was “unfortunate” that they were “politicising” the “unprecedented” decision of scrapping of Article 370.
Their leaders thought exactly opposite of what the entire nation feels about Jammu and Kashmir, he said.
“You look at the statements made by Congress, NCP of late…They seem to be speaking one lines of the neighbouring country,” Modi said, without naming the leaders as he apparently referred to Pakistan.
Accusing the opposition leaders of shedding crocodile tears on the issue of Article 370, he said, “I challenge them, if they have guts, declare in their manifesto for state election and future polls too, that they will bring back Article 370 and 35A, which the BJP, the Modi government scrapped…that they will change the August 5 decision.”
“Stop shedding these crocodile tears,” Modi told the opposition parties.
Wondering whether bringing back Article 370 will be acceptable to people, he said the opposition parties will have no future if they were to do so.
Hailing the move, Modi said earlier it was “unthinkable” that such a decision (of abrogating the Article) could be taken, and noted that only separatism and militancy spread in Jammu and Kashmir over the years.
The scope for development of the poor, women, Dalits and the exploited sections was slim, he pointed out.
Members of the Valmiki community in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were even deprived of their human rights, he said.
“Today, I can say bowing before Bhagwan Valmiki that I have the fortune of embracing those brothers,” he added.
Modi said there was “no difference” between what the BJP-led government preached and practised.
Modi said today, every world power is listening to India’s voice.
“The josh of new India is not due to Modi, but your one vote,” he told the gathering
The prime minister said he has come to Maharashtra to seek people’s support for re-electing Devendra Fadnavis as the chief minister for a second term.