Srinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Wednesday that previous governments run by three families had made Kashmir a ‘terrorist spot’ while Modiji has made it a ‘tourist hotspot’.
Shah addressed a large public rally in Baramulla town, his first public meeting in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370.
He started his speech with a glowing tribute to the son of the soil, Maqbool Sherwani who was martyred fighting the tribal invaders in 1947.
Shah interrupted his speech when he heard the ‘Azan’ (Call for Namaz) coming from a local mosque. He restarted his speech after the Azan was over.
He said before his visit to J&K, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had asked him through a tweet comment that he should give an account of what he has done for J&K.
“Mehboobaji see with eyes wide open and also Farooq Sahib, see what we have done and what you had done.
“In your rule, there were 87 Assembly members, six Parliament members and three families.
“Modiji took democracy to Panchayat, block and district levels. Today there are more than 30,000 public representatives in these institutions”, he asserted.
He questioned both Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah about the investments they had brought into J&K during their rule.
“In 70 years since 1947, Just Rs 15,000 crore worth investment came to J&K and from 2019 till date, Rs 56,000 crore worth investments has come which will give employment to five lakh locals.
“You people made Kashmir a ‘terrorist spot’ while Modiji has made Kashmir a ‘tourist spot’.
“Till October this year, 22 lakh tourists came here. You gave stones and guns in the hands of the local youth and Modiji gave them laptops and mobile phones,” he said.
He asked the people whether terrorism has ever helped anybody in the World.
“42000 people died in militancy related incidents in J&K, but no son of any leader died during this period. It was always the poor man who had to carry the heaviest weight in the World — the dead body of his son”, Shah said.
He said till 2014, J&K had just four medical colleges and now there are nine in J&K.
“Gujjars, Bakarwals and Paharis could not get any reservation till Article 370 was here. Modiji removed Article 370 and now Gujjars, Bakarwals and Paharis will get reservations.
“Modiji formed the Sharma commission and through the recommendations of this commission, our Gujjar, Bakarwal and Pahari brothers and sisters will now get reservations.
“Some people say we must talk to Pakistan, but we say we must talk to the people of J&K. Those who advocate talks with Pakistan should go and see PoK and find out how many villages have electricity there.
“We brought electricity to every village in J&K. 77 lakh people have health cards and they are entitled to treatment for Rs 5 lakhs from the government”, he said.