Modi promises ‘acche din’ in J&K
Campaigning in Kashmir in the shadow of serial terror attacks last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reached out to a large crowd in Srinagar invoking Atal Bihari Vajpayee\'s famous words - \"Insaaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriyat (humanity, the essence of being a Kashmiri, democracy).\"
- Atal made a beginning, it's my duty to carry his legacy forward
- First time since 1983 anyone (PM) has dared to address a rally
- Govt acted against army men accused of shooting teenagers
Srinagar: Campaigning in Kashmir in the shadow of serial terror attacks last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reached out to a large crowd in Srinagar invoking Atal Bihari Vajpayee's famous words - "Insaaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriyat (humanity, the essence of being a Kashmiri, democracy)."
"Atal Bihari Vajpayee made a beginning... it's my duty to carry his legacy forward. I will try my best to bring acche din (good days) to you," Modi, dressed in a traditional Kashmiri Phiran, said at Srinagar's Sher-i-Kashmir cricket stadium.
"Give me a chance, I will end corruption here," he added. As he quoted from the former prime minister's speech in 2003 - from the same venue - PM Modi also claimed, in what was seen as a slip, that it was the "first time since 1983" that anyone had dared to address a rally at the Sher-i-Kashmir stadium.
On his sixth visit to the state since taking charge, the Prime Minister addressed two rallies on Monday - in Samba in Jammu and Srinagar - while campaigning for staggered state polls. The third round of voting will be held on Tuesday and results will be declared on December 23.
"I will give back your love with interest, I will give you development," he said in Samba, where he paid tribute to Kashmiris for "defeating the bullet with the ballot."
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 safeguard their sacrifices."
At the same time, he said if the Army did anything wrong, his government would not condone it.
"Since independence, 33,000 policemen have died protecting civilians in this state. But for the first time in 30 years, the Army admitted its mistake. This was under the BJP rule," said PM Modi.