Modi seeks end to dynastic rule in J&K


JAMMU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for an end to dynastic rule in Jammu & Kashmir and asked people to vote his Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to power in the state.

“Will only two families rule in J&K, cannot other families produce leaders? You are repenting for the last 50 years …” he said at an election rally in Kishtwar, around 230km from Jammu, without directly naming the Abdullahs and Muftis of ruling National Conference and opposition People’s Democratic Party

“If you do not punish the two families ruling here, they will come back with renewed resurgence.” Modi accused the two families of looting Jammu & Kashmir and asked the voters to punish them.

“Why have you kept Jammu & Kashmir mortgaged to these two families? They have an understanding among themselves,” he said ahead of the first phase of polls in the state on Monday.

“One loots the state for five years and then is thrown out of power and then the other starts looting the state. They have a five-year contract to loot the state.”

Modi referred to the recent floods and alleged the state government was unaware of the loss of damage caused.

BJP supporters at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally in Kishtwar, on November 22, 2014.

“But the day I landed and saw the impact of floods in the valley, I announced Rs 1,000 crore assistance and the state government was surprised,” he said.

“Please give me an opportunity. If you give me one opportunity, you will never regret it. I want to give you this assurance.”

He alleged misappropriation of funds. “How can a bucket get filled if there is a hole in it? The biggest problem in J&K is where do central funds go,” said Modi, whose party aggressively aims to form the next government in the state.

Modi assured there would be no dearth of funds for the state for development if the pilferage from misappropriation of central funds is stopped.

The Prime Minister referred to Haryana and said the BJP had ended dynastic rule there. “Now it is your time to make that change.”

BJP supporters at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally in Kishtwar, on November 22, 2014.

He evoked ex-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and promised to continue his legacy. “I have love for people of Kashmir and I assure you I will fulfill dreams of Vajpayee, which he has seen for Kashmir.”

Modi said he had come to wipe tears and his dream was to change the state’s destiny. “Development is the only mantra for me. It cannot be accomplished without ‘sabka-saath, sabkla-vikas’,” he said.

“I assure you the love and affection you have showered on me will be returned back with interest in the shape of development.”

Modi spoke about tourism as one of the major sources to boost economy. “Tourism has made many states and nations rich across the world. But it is unfortunate that despite having such a potential in Jammu & Kashmir, tourism has remained on the back burner,” he said.

“We will together make it again a place which once attracted people from across the world. Tourism could have changed the lives of the people. But you do not need to worry, I am here for you…I will bring that change,” he added amid slogans of ‘har, har Modi, ghar, ghar Modi’.