Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in Srinagar’s Sheri-e-Kashmir Stadium on 7. While Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has exuded confidence that PM Modi’s upcoming visit would be a turning point in the history of J&K, others are sceptical about his visit. In an interview to The Times of India
, Mufti said the alliance between the BJP and PDP is very strong and it is the perfect opportunity for PM Modi to reiterate his faith in India’s diversity and plurality.
He said his Srinagar rally will give him the opportunity to come out of his cocoon, the TOI reported. According to Mufti, this will give the prime minister an opportunity to chart a course away from the loose canons, to open his mind. Vajpayee got an opening here, Modi will have too, he said. The prime minister is scheduled to first inaugurate phase-II of the Baghlihar hydroelectric power project in Jammu, and then visit Srinagar to address a rally. On the issue of religious intolerance, Mufti termed the Dadri incident unfortunate, and said that Modi is not communal. He said the prime minister will marginalise the loose canons in his party but it will take time as it is the process of evolution. Mufti also said that there is no alternative to Modi and he too wants to come out of a narrow political position and move towards economic development and political reconciliation, ET reported.
Talking about the returning of awards by writers, Mufti said that it is their right and you cannot change the India’s diversity and plurality.
“The RSS background makes them do good work, be at the doorsteps of people. We’ve tried to balance Jammu & Kashmir.”
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On the other hand, Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is already under house arrest, has called for a Srinagar ‘Million March’ to counter Modi’s scheduled address in the city. Other separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Asiya Andrabi and others, have supported Geelani’s call for the march to coincide with Modi’s rally. Hurriyat had also approached to the authorities for giving permission for this march as they were going to take responsibility of law and order situation as well.
Police had launched a crackdown on the separatist leaders to thwart any disturbances during the Modi’s visit to Kashmir.
Many stone throwers too have been taken into preventive custody to avoid any law and order disturbance in the state. Speaking to the Topyaps, Waheed Reham Para, spokesman of People’s Democratic Party said that Prime’s Minister visit to Kashmir is of significant importance and it will improve the relations between the centre and state government.
“This visit will be historic visit for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Not for only any economic package but for the political stability,”
When asked by this reporter about the call of Hurriyat , he said that nobody will be allowed to take this rally on the day of Modi’s rally in Srinagar.
“If they asked for the rally some other day, we may have consider their request but they have nefarious designs to create trouble during PM’S visit.”
Commenting about the Dadri lynching and the growing intolerance, he said that he don’t understand why people blame Modi for this and why they don’t go back to past when similar incidents had happened in the country.
“ Why we forget 1984 sikh-riots. Why we forget the recent Muzaffarnagar riots,” he questioned.
Giving his reaction of the Modi’s visit to Topyaps, National Conference spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu said that they are not expecting anything from Modi and it is for the government which will have pinned their hopes from his visit.
But Mattu said that Modi should speak like a Prime Minister of the country and talk about the Dadri lynching and the growing intolerance in the country.
Stressing on the Kashmir issue, he said that this issue needs to resolved to maintain peace and stability in the South Asia.