SRINAGAR: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Wednesday that previous governments led by three families had made Kashmir a “terrorist hotspot” while Modiji had made it a “tourist hotspot”.
Shah addressed a large public rally in the town of Baramulla, his first public meeting in Kashmir after the repeal of Article 370.
He began his speech with a stirring tribute to the Son of the Soil, Maqbool Sherwani, who was martyred fighting tribal invaders in 1947.
Shah interrupted his speech when he heard the ‘Azan’ (call to Namaz) coming from a local mosque. He resumed his speech after the end of the Azan.
He said that before his visit to J&K, former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asked him via a Twitter comment that he should report on what he had done for J&K.
“Mehboobaji sees eyes wide open and also Farooq Sahib, see what we have done and what you have done.
“In your rule there were 87 members of the Assembly, six members of Parliament and three families.
“Modiji brought democracy to the Panchayat, bloc and district levels. Today there are over 30,000 public representatives in these institutions,” he claimed.
He asked Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah about the investments they made in J&K during their reign.
“In 70 years since 1947, an investment worth Rs 15,000 lakh crore has come to J&K and from 2019 to date, investments worth Rs 56,000 lakh crore have come which will give employment at local five lakh.
“You made Kashmir a ‘terrorist place’ while Modiji made Kashmir a ‘tourist place’.
“Until October this year, 22,000 tourists came here. You gave stones and weapons to local youths and Modiji gave them laptops and mobile phones,” he said.
He asked people if terrorism had ever helped anyone in the world.
“42,000 people died in incidents related to activism at J&K, but no leader’s son died during this time. It was always the poor man who had to carry the heaviest weight in the world – the corpse of his son,” Shah said. .
He said that until 2014, J&K had only four medical schools and now there are nine at J&K.
“Gujjars, Bakarwals and Paharis could not get any reservations until Article 370 was there. Modiji removed Article 370 and now Gujjars, Bakarwals and Paharis will get reservations.
“Modiji formed the Sharma commission and thanks to the recommendations of this commission, our brothers and sisters Gujjar, Bakarwal and Pahari will now get reservations.
“Some people say we need to talk to Pakistan, but we say we need to talk to the people of J&K. Those who advocate talks with Pakistan should go to PoK and find out how many villages have electricity there.
“We have brought electricity to every village in J&K. 77 lakhs have health cards and they are entitled to treatment for Rs 5 lakhs from the government,” he said.