Hira Nagar : A day after Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal announced that he would contest against Bharatiya Janata Party PM nominee Narendra Modi from the high-profile Varanasi constituency in Uttar Pradesh, it was Modi’s turn to tear into Kejriwal.
Addressing a rally in Hiranagar town in Kathua district of Jammu region on Wednesday, the Gujarat Chief Minister said three AKs are praised in Pakistan: AK-47, Arvind Kejriwal and AK Antony.
Making a veiled reference to Kejriwal aide Prashant Bhushan’s controversial stand on Kashmir, Modi said his aides are Pakistani agents.
Calling Kejriwal AK-49 for his 49-day government in Delhi, Modi said, “AK 49’s official website shows J&K as not part of India. His aide backs Pak in J&K. All these AKs are Pakistani agents trying to bleed India.”
The embarrassing botch-up on the AAP website’s donations page, a map of India which showed parts of Kashmir as a part of Pakistan, has now been removed from the website, yet it has already been circulated on Twitter.
Appealing to the voters in Jammu, Modi said he intends to solve the ever-lasting Kashmir imbroglio, not exactly in these many words. “We will fulfill the unfinished work of Atal Bihari Vajpayee…. We have to liberate J&K and India from dynastic rule.”
Talking about decades-old bloodshed in the Valley, Modi said, “Cross-border terror has not killed people alone, it has attacked Kashmiriyat, humanity. I salute to the people of J&K. I will try to deliver on my promises.”
Promising development and job opportunities to the strife-torn state, Modi said, “Without development our problems will not be solved, youth need employment.”
Modi reached rally venue in Hiranagar, barely a few kilometers from India-Pakistan border, after paying obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi cave shrine amid heavy security cover.
The J&K Police had put in place heavy security setup in and around Hockey Stadium, the venue of the rally.
Hiranagar, a part of Udhampur parliamentary seat, in support of BJP candidate Jitender Singh, who will be taking on Congress heavyweight and Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is contesting LS elections for the first time.
This is the second rally being addressed by Modi in Jammu region. He had addressed a rally in December last year during which he had stirred a controversy by demanding a dialogue on Article 370 which guarantees a special status to the state.