J&K should be super, not separate state, says Modi

Alleging that development issues have been ignored in Jammu and Kashmir, Narendra Modi on Sunday slammed attempts to label it as a ‘beggar’ and said its people would have benefited had efforts been made to make a ‘super’ and not ‘separate’ state.

‘For 60 years they talked about separate state (autonomy) but what did people get? Nothing and there is no accountability also.... In the name of separate state, they encouraged separatism.

‘It would have been better if they focused on creating a super state,’ the BJP Prime Ministerial rally told a rally here.

Noting that there is respect for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the hearts of people of the state, Modi recalled that he had told them that the mantra of ‘Insaniyat (humanity), Jammuriyat (democracy), Kashmiriyat’ needs to be followed on Jammu and Kashmir.

‘The rulers here developed a habit of begging before New Delhi. They know well that there will be no accountability fixed for the money they loot here,’ he said

He further said ‘they have portrayed such a picture of J&K that it would never be self-relient... They have labelled Jammu and Kashmir as a beggar but Jammu and Kashmir is not a beggar... They don’t want Jammu and Kashmir to be strong. They want it to be a beggar but the state will prove it is a better state and not a beggar state.’ ‘I have come to you to remove this bad name given to J&K.'

Modi ill-informed or lying, needs pre-speech fact check, says Omar

JAMMU: Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday hit back at Narendra Modi for his comment that women in the state did not enjoy equal rights, saying he is either ill-informed or lying.

‘He (Modi) very conveniently used me and my sister as examples to illustrate a point that has no bearing on truth. Either he lies or is ill informed,’ Omar tweeted after the BJP prime ministerial candidate’s rally in Jammu on Sunday. ‘I challenge him or any of his minions to reproduce verbatim the section of Art 370 that determines the J&K state subject law,’ Omar said.

Earlier, Modi had said that women did not have the same rights as men in J&K and had cited example of Omar’s and his sister Sara’s marriage outside the state.
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