Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday once again reiterated his government’s stand on the on-going violence in Kashmir, saying those responsible for the loss of lives will be answerable to people. He was speaking during his monthly address to the nation – Mann Ki Baat.
“Every single life that is lost in Kashmir, be that of a youth or of security personnel, it is our loss, loss to our own people, loss to our nation,” PM Modi said, adding that “people who are putting innocent young boys forward to disrupt peace in Kashmir, one day they will have to answer to these boys.”
As continued clashes between security personnel and protesters in the state has now crossed 5o days, the state government and the Centre are desperately working out measures to ease tensions. “We must do whatever it takes to restore peace in Jammu and Kashmir. It’s painful to see people dying in the Valley,” the Prime Minister said. The death toll in the violence following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani has now crossed 70.
On Saturday, Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following which she urged protesters to give her government a chance saying it was only PM Modi’s government that could solve the Kashmir issue.
Speaking to the media after her meeting with PM Modi, Mehbooba Mufti said: “Mufti sahab always said Modi ji has two-thirds majority. If the situation doesn’t change during his tenure, then it will never change. I am sure that the Prime Minister will not forget to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir issue like the UPA did.”
This was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 23rd Mann Ki Baat address. PM Modi also congratulated the Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics for their performances. He mentioned Sakshi Malik, P V Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar and coach Pullela Gopichand for their contribution towards India’s performance. The Prime Minister also spoke on the need to go green this festive season and use clay idols during Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja.