Article 370 was abrogated to solve decades-long problem; we have to make ‘New Kashmir’; says Modi

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KEVADIA (Gujarat): Highlighting the achievements of first 100 days of his second government on his 69th birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the decision of abrogating Article 370 has been taken to solve decades-long problem. 

“The country is realising Sardar’s dream of Ek Bharat, Shreshta Bharat (One India, Great India). Today, the country is trying to complete the tasks which were left incomplete during Independence and years afterwards.

“People of Jammu and Kashmir had to face discrimination for 70 years. The entire nation suffered in the form of ill effects and violence, unfulfilled hopes and aspirations. The country has taken an important decision with the inspiration of Sardar Saheb,” he said while addressing a public meeting here at the site of Sardar Sarovar Dam.

Modi said the decision has been taken to follow a new path to solve the decades-long problem. “I am confident that with the active support of millions of colleagues from Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Kargil, we will be able to create a new stream of development and trust. I am fully committed to the unity and greatness of India. We have strengthened this commitment in the last 100 days,” he added.

In August, Parliament had scrapped Article 370 which gave special rights to Jammu and Kashmir and also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories- Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

Narendra Modi said in Nashik on Thursday that there was need to make a new Kashmir. “Earlier the slogan was “Kashmir Humara Hai” [Kashmir is ours]. Now we must work towards a new slogan, ‘Naya Kashmir Banana Hai’ [We must make a new Kashmir].” A lot of efforts were being made from across the border to foment violence in Jammu and Kashmir. “We have to create a new paradise [in Kashmir]… hug each Kashmiri.”

Mr. Modi said the first 100 days of the government had given promise, performance and delivery and a clear picture of what’s to come for the next five years.

Visits his mother

Narendra Modi visited his mother Heeraben Modi in Gandhinagar (Gujarat)on Tuesday at her residence to seek her blessings on the occasion of his 69th birthday.

Modi’s convoy arrived at his mother’s residence here in the afternoon as supporters lined up outside the house to catch a glimpse of their leader.

Adorable pictures from inside the residence show the mother-son having lunch together, enjoying what looks like a Gujarati thali.

Before leaving, Modi took blessings of his mother on his special day. The Prime Minister had last visited Heeraben after the emphatic victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 general elections. (ANI)