Narendra Modi Talks Of Healing Wounds In Kashmir

Narendra Modi Talks Of Healing Wounds In Kashmir

23 June 2013
The Economic Times


Pathankot: Virtually launching the party's campaign for 2014 elections, Gujarat Chief Minister NarendraModi today talked about the need to 'heal the wounds' of Kashmiris and connect its aspiring youths with the national mainstream for the development of the state. Often described by critics as a divisive figure, Modi sought to portray himself as a leader who unifies, saying he would work for bringing parties and hearts together. Addressing a rally here, Modi invoked former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said the task he left incomplete would be pursued by BJP if voted to power. He attacked the UPA government over its Kashmir policy, economy and national security, saying it has failed on all fronts. 'Vajpayee had sought to win over the heart of Kashmir with compassion, love and dialogue...Had he been elected to power in 2004, he would have succeeded in his Kashmir policy,' he said. Kashmiri youths were aspiring for development and progress and they needed to be connected with the national mainstream. 'The youths in Kashmir valley want to be part of development. Guns can spill blood but will do no good to one's life,' he said on the occasion of party founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee's 60th death anniversary. Invoking Mookerjee's slogan against two heads in one system, he said a similar situation exists today, referring to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. 'There are two bosses in the country and we do not know who of the two is genuine,' he said. Speaking of the rapid slide in the rupees' value against dollar, he said Congress was competing with rupees as to who could fall more. Asking the people to vote out the Congress-led UPA government, Modi said, 'Your (people's) future is not safe in their hands...we cannot play with the future of our youth'. He also took a dig at the advertising campaign run by the UPA government on various TV channels on flagship Bharat Nirman programme to highlight its achievements.