In Srinagar, Modi talks Kashmir


Srinagar: Invoking Vajpayee’s Kashmiriyat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday promised to take it forward while urging people to give the Bharatiya Janata Party a chance to form the government in the state.

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Flanked by RSS leaders at the Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket stadium in Sonwar area of summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Modi claimed that people here don’t trust Omar Abdullah-led government. “They trust Modi government,” he said at his maiden election rally.

Donning a Kashmiri pheran (cloak), Modi tried to strike an emotional chord with Kashmiri people. “Sharing grief helps, your sorrow is my sorrow,” he said.

Invoking development in Kutch region of Gujarat, which was hit by a massive earthquake, Modi said: “If Kutch can progress after calamity, so can Kashmir.”

He said that his government wanted to revive tourism in the state and build infrastructure which suffered a deadly blow during the September floods.