J&K polls after the release of voter lists: Amit Shah
Baramulla– Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday ruled out holding a dialogue with Pakistan and claimed the Modi government would root out militancy in Jammu and Kashmir to make it “the place the most peaceful in the country.
Addressing a public rally in Baramulla district, north Kashmir, Shah also said assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir would be held with ‘full transparency’ once the Election Commission is completed the exercise of publishing the revised electoral rolls.
Urging young people to avoid the path of violence, Shah said militancy had claimed 42,000 lives in Jammu and Kashmir since the 1990s and asked if anyone had ever benefited from it.
He blamed the families of Abdullahs (National Conference), Muftis (PDP) and Nehru-Gandhi (Congress) for the lack of development in Jammu and Kashmir when they ruled the former state for most of the years since the country’s independence.
The Union Minister castigated the supporters of dialogue with Pakistan.
Some people say we should talk to Pakistan. Why should we talk to Pakistan? We won’t talk. We will talk to the people of Baramulla, we will talk to the people of Kashmir, he said.
Shah said the Modi government does not tolerate militancy and wants to eliminate it.
We want to make Jammu and Kashmir the most peaceful place in the country, he said.
Shah said some people often talk about Pakistan, but he wanted to know how many villages in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir had power connections.
Over the past three years, we have ensured that all villages in Kashmir are now connected to electricity, he said.
Heavily addressing the three political families for the second consecutive day, the Home Secretary alleged that their regime was full of bad governance, corruption and lack of development.
Mufti and company, Abdullah and his sons and the Congress have done nothing for the welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, he said.
The Home Minister repeated what he said during his rally in Rajouri on Tuesday that earlier power in Jammu and Kashmir was with three families, 87 MPs and six MPs.
Today, 30,000 people, who were elected as representatives of the panchayat and district councils, are part of the governance process, he said.
We have launched a political process. I want to assure you that once the work of publishing the electoral rolls by the Electoral Commission is completed, the elections will be held in full transparency and your own elected officials will govern here, the Union Minister said.
Shah said that due to Section 370, there is no reserve for SCs and STs, but after its repeal, quota benefits could be given to Gujjars, Bakarwals and Pahadis.
Everyone will receive their share as part of the reservation. There will be no loss of share for anyone, he said.
On Tuesday, Shah announced that ST reservation benefits will be given to the Pahadi community as well as the Gujjar and Bakarwal communities following a recommendation by the Sharma Commission.
He said an investment of Rs 56,000 crore has come to Jammu and Kashmir in the past three years which will provide job opportunities for five lakh people, while only Rs 17,000 crore has come to Jammu and Kashmir. been invested since independence.
The Home Minister said the Modi government had donated one million houses to the poor in Jammu and Kashmir. He alleged that rampant corruption has led to underdevelopment in Jammu and Kashmir and said the Modi government ensured that every rupee spent went to those who deserved it most.
He said that although 42,000 people lost their lives due to activism, no politician lost his son.
Shah said due to improved security situation, 22 lakhs of tourists have visited Jammu and Kashmir this year so far.
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