J&K Will Soon Elect its Own Govt, Says Modi

The Asian Age.  | Yusuf Jameel

India, All India

Promises to bridge ‘Dilli ki Doori’ with Kashmir

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Thursday that preparations for the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir have commenced and assured that statehood would be reinstated soon.

Addressing an event titled ‘Empowering Youth, Transforming J&K’ at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre, he said efforts were on to bridge emotional and geographical gaps between Delhi and J&K. He stated, “We are striving to erase any distance, be it of hearts or from Delhi.”

During the event, the Prime Minister recalled his meeting with J&K leaders in June 2021, where he emphasised bridging ‘Dilli ki Dori’ (distance from Delhi) as well as ‘Dil ki Dori’ (emotional disconnect). He refuted Opposition claims of persistent distance.

Modi asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 has facilitated true implementation of the Indian Constitution in J&K, stating, “The wall of Article 370 collapsed, and constitutional benefits were ensured.” He attributed current developments in J&K to efforts over the past decade.

Commending the youth of J&K for their high voter turnout in recent elections, the Prime Minister said, “They have upheld democracy’s triumph.” He expressed gratitude for their contribution.

During the event, Modi virtually laid foundations or inaugurated 84 major developmental projects valued at ₹1,500 crore and launched the ₹1,800 crore ‘Competitiveness Improvement in Agriculture and Allied Sectors (JKCIP) Project’.

Speaking on the recent terror attacks in J&K, he promised the nation of stringent measures against enemies of the region, promising to establish lasting peace.

The Prime Minister, on a two-day visit, underscored that performance is the sole criterion for an aspirational society. He stated, “The government’s performance and results have earned a third term, ensuring stability.”

Highlighting infrastructure projects and the JKCIP, Modi said, “Projects worth ₹1,800 crore for the agriculture sector were also initiated.” He cited national pride in the world's highest bridge over Chenab River.

Thursday's event showcased J&K’s progress and aimed to inspire young achievers. The Prime Minister interacted with local achievers, distributed over 2,000 government job appointment letters, and inaugurated projects spanning road infrastructure, water supply, and education sectors.

The JKCIP project, set to benefit 1.5 million people across 20 districts, aims to enhance agricultural productivity.

The Prime Minister commended the J&K administration for expeditious government job recruitments and noted significant investments in the region over the past five years.

On Friday, Modi will lead the 10th International Day of Yoga celebrations at SKICC, with 7,000 to 8,000 participants expected. Tight security measures are in place in Srinagar during his visit, and only Doordarshan is permitted to broadcast the events live.

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