Modi Urges Kashmir Voters To Punish 'Three Offenders'
13 December 2014
The New Indian Express
: Projecting the Bharatiya Janata Party as a fresh alternative to other parties which have ruled Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged voters to dump the 'three offenders'- National Conference, PDP and Congress-in the Assembly polls for a better life. Taking a swipe at Congress, he said it is known for 'sneaking' into every government that is formed in the state and attacking these very dispensations just before elections. Blaming NC, PDP and Congress for the problems in the state, he asked people to punish previous governments, accusing them of not working for their good and not even providing basic amenities like water, education, health, roads and power. Addressing poll rallies in Kathua and Rajouri, Modi said Congress 'jumps' into every government that is formed in the state, be it led by PDP or NC, but withdraws from it just before the elections and starts attacking these dispensations. 'If you punish them once, they will realise their mistakes. Has BJP ever formed the government in Jammu and Kashmir? Did we ever commit any mistake? Don't you know who are the first, second and third offenders,' he asked the people who cheered back in response. Maintaining that the people of the state knew who the 'three offenders' were, Modi said they would not mend their ways unless they were punished by the voters. 'Congress sneaks into the government whenever one is formed and gets away with all the benefits. Then they say that they are against this government and that the government has done all wrong. 'Whether PDP comes or NC to power, they join hands with them and come out of the government whenever elections near.' Attacking the National Conference and PDP for 'dynastic politics and nepotism', the Prime Minister asked the people: 'Are there no more sons and daughters in J and K? Will only one father-son and father-daughter run the governments here? Do you have to always remain in their tangle?' 'Don't look at those 'Baap-beta' (father-son) and 'Baap-beti' (father-daughter) duos. Throw them out as it was time to think of the good of your own sons and daughters, and vote for development. Herein lies your benefit.' Urging people to come out to vote despite the cold, he said, the whole world was watching with interest the assembly elections because of the heavy turnout and congratulated the voters for it. The Prime Minister said Jammu and Kashmir has the potential to energise the entire country through its hydropower potenial. Asking why previous governments had not allowed the youth of Rajouri to join the Army, the Prime Minister promised that he would restart Army recruitment from the region. He also praised the people in Rajouri, saying they never flinched despite repeated firing from across the border. Modi said he had often visited the state right from the days when he was just an ordinary party worker, but he never witnessed such enthusiastic and big crowds. Holding that dynastic politics and nepotism can never be the voice of democracy, Modi also compared the politics of Congress, NC and PDP with BJP, saying 'see the power of BJP's democracy that a tea-seller became the Prime Minister.' Modi said the entire world was now accepting India's status as a powerful nation. 'The entire world is now talking about India? It is not an easy thing that within six months, the entire world accepts the power of our country. This is not happening due to Modi. This is happening due to you,' he said. The Prime Minister has gone on a blitzkrieg campaign in the state where BJP is making a serious bid to come to power for the first time since independence. The party plans to accomplish its 'Mission 44' in the 87 -member Assembly. Out of the 87 seats in the state, 59 have amajority of Muslim voters.