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Sardar Patel inspiration for Jammu and Kashmir decision, says PM Modi

"For 70 years, the people of Jammu and Kashmir were discriminated against as a result of which the entire country suffered in the form of violence, separatism and incomplete aspirations," Narendra Modi said.

Written by Aishwarya Mohanty | Kevadia Colony | Updated: September 18, 2019 4:06:33 am
Sardar Patel inspiration for Jammu and Kashmir decision, says PM Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi releases butterflies at the Butterfly Garden in Kevadia, Gujarat, on Tuesday. (Twitter/PMO)

Praising the vision of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said he was the “inspiration” for the government’s decision on J&K to resolve a decades-old issue and “walk on a new path”.

Speaking at a rally at the Statue of Unity site, Modi, who turned 69 Tuesday, said: “Today, India is trying to complete all the tasks that have remained incomplete since Independence. For 70 years, the people of Jammu and Kashmir were discriminated against as a result of which the entire country suffered in the form of violence, separatism and incomplete aspirations.”

A decision was taken after decades to walk on a new path to solve this issue. I have complete faith that with the active co-operation of the lakhs of friends from Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh and Kargil, we will be able to successfully chart a new course of development and confidence (vikas aur vishwas).”

Recalling Patel’s contribution, Modi said that on this day in 1948, Hyderabad agreed to be a part of India, and “India has again accomplished the dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel”.

The Prime Minister was referring to the government’s August 5 announcement, ending J&K’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and the state’s bifurcation into two Union Territories.

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