RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Tuesday attributed the heavy voter turnout during assembly elections in the Valley to the establishment of Narendra Modi government’s credibility among the people of Kashmir through its big steps so as to make them have faith in democracy, its truthfulness and righteousness.
Referring to the criticism against Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting former separatist leader Sajjad Lone ahead of assembly elections as BJP’s desperation to come to power in Jammu and Kashmir, the RSS leader said that BJP is not “power hungry’’.
“However, one thing is clear that the problem of Kashmir has been less social and more political,’’ he said, adding that the parties who ruled the state in the past could not establish rule of democracy and also people’s faith in its truthfulness and righteousness.
“As a result, when Narendra Modi initiated steps in the direction, they (people of Kashmir) turned to polling booths resulting in 71 – 72 per cent polling during the assembly elections,’’ he added.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has established his government’s credibility among people in Jammu & Kashmir,’’ he said, adding that those criticizing him are actually baffled for their failure to do so during the period they were in power. They are the people who have been rejected by people in the Valley, he added.
Indresh, who was here to have an interaction with Muslim intellectuals at a meeting organised by Muslim Rashtriya Manch, used to frequently visit Valley during peak militancy when almost all the mainstream ruling and opposition politicians had moved to safer places in Jammu, Delhi and even abroad. To help people in distress in the troubled Valley, the RSS leader, according to people in the Sangh Parivar, had helped local Kashmiri Muslims set up more than 200 NGOs.
Through heavy voter turnout, the people of Kashmir have not only expressed their preference for education, development, jobs, health and security over the AK 47, but this trend from bullet to ballot also show that they want to come out of the atmosphere of fear, he pointed out.
“It is their love for Modi government in Delhi and India that they have been turning up in huge numbers at polling booths,’’ RSS leader said, adding that “what ever may be the outcome of election results, the situation in India especially Kashmir will fast improve leading to progress and development’’.