Time has changed, policies on Kashmir will now be made by Indians only: Modi

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SIRSA (Haryana): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the time has changed and the policies on Kashmir will now be made solely by the people of India and Kashmir without the interference of Pakistan.

“The calendars will not be decided by them anymore. Our enemy nation (Pakistan) cannot decide the dates for discussions on Kashmir. Only India will decide that. The people of Kashmir and India will formulate policies for the region. The ones sitting in enemy countries cannot decide the fate of India anymore,” said Modi at an election rally here.

The Prime Minister also blamed the Congress party for worsening the Kashmir issue all throughout its rule at the Centre. “First the sleeping Congress government went on worsening the situation in Kashmir. In the initial days, some of our portions were snatched with Pakistan’s help. After that in a planned manner, Sufism, the tradition which Kashmir is known for, was slowly buried,” he said.

Blaming Pakistan for spreading separatism in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Modi said that there was a time when terrorists used to decide what would happen on any given day. “The wrong policies of the Congress destroyed the country. The provision, which was temporary in the Constitution made by Dr BR Ambedkar, remained in force for 70 years.”

Haryana, October 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses public at an election rally in Rewari on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

Meanwhile, addressing in Rewari (Haryana) on Saturday, Narendra Modi accused the Congress of not repealing Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir despite it being a temporary provision and said the party-led government kept giving false assurances to the country even as Kashmiri Pandits were forced out of the Valley by separatists and terrorists.

Modi said he had not become Prime Minister to keep his eyes closed to the issues facing the country.  He accused Congress of trying to appease some political families in Kashmir in a false hope and said it was counter-productive.   

“Delhi was only appeasing a particular family thinking that welfare of that particular and unethical demands of that family will lead to a solution for Kashmir. With the same mindset, no political party was allowed to flourish there and national politics could not be carried out. Only those political parties who nurture separatism were strengthened. The separatism was strengthened and Delhi became weaker,” he said.

He said separatist forces gained ground and Kashmir Pandits were attacked, their houses burnt and atrocities committed on women.

“During Congress rule, four lakh Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave, their homes were burnt, daughters raped and people were killed. The government sitting in Delhi kept its eyes closed and kept giving false assurances,” he said.  

“You have not made me Prime Minister to keep my eyes closed. You have not made me Prime Minister for leisure. I do not live for the chair, I live for the country, I live for you,” he added.     

Modi said Congress had promised to abrogate Article 370 within a year in 1964 after the issue came up in Parliament.

“But Congress did nothing and has deceived the parliamentarians.  They said Article 370 is a temporary measure which will become ineffective automatically over the time but that never happened,” Modi said. He said separatists and terrorists had destroyed the “Sufi culture” of Kashmir while the successive Congress government did not take effective steps to counter it.

“The Sufi culture of the Kashmir represented unity where people belonging to all sections and religions lived together peacefully. But separatists and terrorists systematically destroyed it and Congress government did nothing except appeasing a family,” Modi said. 

`Mirchi business’ 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the Congress of not giving justice to the victims of 1993 terror blasts and made a veiled attack at NCP leader Praful Patel being summoned by the ED in connection with a land deal case linked to Dawood Ibrahim’s close aide Iqbal Mirchi, saying that there was “Mirchi business” instead of culprits being caught.

Addressing an election rally in Mumbai on Friday, Modi said those who were behind the killings had fled the country. “We can’t forget the wounds of the Mumbai bomb blasts. The then government didn’t do justice with the victims’ families and now the reasons are coming out. Instead of catching the culprits, they were doing Mirchi business. Sometimes they would do the business of ‘mirchi’ (chilli) and sometimes do business with Mirchi (Iqbal Mirchi),” he said.

Modi said when evidence with probe agencies pointed out to masterminds across the border, Congress leaders “claimed it was the handiwork of those in India”.