Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday asked Jammu voters to give a fitting reply to what he termed the “politics of dividing people” in the fifth phase of Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls on December 20.
Addressing an over one-lakh-strong crowd at M A Stadium, Modi accused the Congress, National Conference and PDP of discriminating against the Jammu region. “Hearing statements from leaders of these parties that BJP will not get even a single seat in the Valley, I feel the general sentiment here that Jammu has been discriminated against has substance”.
“Why such talk of discrimination? Why talk of separating Valley from Jammu ? Does it suit them? It is not the language used in a democracy,” he added.
Modi appealed to the people of Jammu, Rajouri and Kathua districts, which are going to polls in the final phase, to give a fitting reply to these parties through their votes. “You tell them that they will not get a single seat in these 20 seats in Jammu region. Ensure that they are not able to open their accounts,” he said.
The Prime Minister also appealed to the people to dare the fear of bullets and vote in large numbers in the final phase. “Some misguided people may believe in AK 47s.They may believe in the world of bombs and guns, but you show them that your fingers pressing the EVMs are more powerful than theirs on a gun’s trigger,” he said.
Appealing to people to vote in large numbers across the 20 segments going to polls in final phase, Modi said: “Time has come to change the destiny of Jammu and Kashmir”. Pointing out that development is the only solution to the state’s problems, Modi said the BJP wanted to work in that direction.
Referring to the record turnout in the first four phases, Modi said the world was closely watching these developments in the state. “The people have broken the record of the past 40 years,” he said.
Modi further said Congress had damaged Jammu’s interests the most. Terming it an “intruder” in the state, Modi said while it has no base in the Valley, Congress works for a fractured mandate in Jammu region so as to sneak into the government through the backdoor by forging an alliance with NC or the PDP.
“Their politics has divided people in the state,” he said, asking people to rid the state of Congress and the family rule of the NC and the PDP.