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‘Ballots before bullets, EVMs trump AK-47s’

On his sixth visit to the state in as many months, the PM addressed two rallies on Monday - in Samba in Jammu and Srinagar - while campaigning for state polls. The third round of voting will be held on Tuesday and results will be declared on December 23.

Terming the loss of lives of Army jawans and police personnel as a big loss, Modi said that it was his duty to share their pain. “In Kashmir, Army jawans lost their lives. Police also lost their lives in the line of duty. Besides, children were also killed. This is a big loss. Being a ‘pradhan sevak’ of India, it is my responsibility to share your pain and grievances” he said. He deplored a series of terror attacks on Friday that killed 13 people, including eight soldiers, three police officers and one civilian.

“Our soldiers have sacrificed their lives to safeguard democracy,” he said in Samba. “Now you must vote to honour their sacrifices.”

At the same time, he credited his own government for action against army men responsible for
killing two teenagers in Budgam recently. “For the first time in 30 years, the Army admitted its mistake. This is the Modi government’s doing. An inquiry commission probed the matter and those who fired the bullets were charged. This is proof of my good intentions. I have come to provide justice to you,” PM Modi said.

Campaigning in Kashmir in the shadow of serial terror attacks last week, Modi reached out to a large crowd in Srinagar invoking Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s vision of “Insaaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriyat (humanity, the essence of being a Kashmiri and democracy).” Addressing the crowd he said, ”Atal Bihari Vajpayee made a beginning. It is my duty to carry his legacy forward. I will try my best to bring acche din (good days) to you. Give me a chance, I will end corruption here.”

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