Modi, who kicked-off BJP’s Bharat Vijay' campaign in the state, said: “The sweeping winds of change are already visible in Jammu and Kashmir I am proud to begin the BJP poll campaign from a land where people have laid down their lives for the country."

Against the backdrop of parties praising the previous NDA government's initiatives in the Kashmir Valley, Modi promised to carry forward the policies of Vajpayee to change the ‘fate’ of Kashmir.
    
"The path shown by Vajpayee -- humanity, democracy and Kashmiriyat -- we will carry forward," he said while addressing the first ‘Bharat Vijay Rally’ at Hira Nagar near Jammu.

The BJP's prime ministerial candidate said that if Vajpayee government had got another five years, it would have changed the face of Kashmir and problems would have ended.
    
“It has now been 30 to 32 years since this land has been painted red with blood by the terrorists aided and abated through cross border terrorism. They have not only killed people, but also attacked 'Kashmiriyat' and 'Insaniyat' ,” he added.

Modi asked the people to loudly reply to his question whether or not they want employment for the youth, dignity for women and two square meals for the poor.

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"Should after 65 years of Independence, the poor of this country continue to be denied two square meals? We want brotherhood and India's unity and for that I have to sweat for 18 hours a day to try and wipe out tears from the eyes of the poorest of the poor,” he said.

Modi announced that if the BJP comes to power, the refugees who have come to Jammu from Pakistan in 1947 and during the India-Pakistan war of 1965 would be given citizenship rights in Jammu and Kashmir.

At present, hundreds of these families are living in various places in Jammu region but they do not have citizenship rights in the state.

Modi’s comments assume significance as mainstream political parties of the state including ruling National Conference and opposition PDP as well as moderate separatist – Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq – have  of late  been praising the NDA government led by Vajpayee for its initiatives relating to Kashmir.

‘Three AKs’ posing serious threat to India: Modi

Modi said there were three AK's which were posing serious threat to the country.

"These are AK-47 used by the terrorists who shed Indian blood through these weapons. Then there is AK Antony the Defence Minister who says Indian soldiers were beheaded by persons wearing uniforms of Pakistan army when the army said clearly the soldiers were beheaded by Pakistan armymen. And the latest in AK threats is AK 49- the Aam Aadmi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal- who governed Delhi for 49 days,” Modi said while adding, "We have to work to liberate Indian from these AKs.”

Modi’s dig at Congress

In a dig at the Congress leadership, he said, "These people are unable to do that kind of hard work. Dynastic rule is the biggest enemy of democracy. Both J&K and the rest of India have to be rid of this dynastic rule.

He said that during the Congress rule, "lathi wielding jawans of the police are killed by the terrorists and farmers are committing suicide in the country. What worse commentary can there be on the Congress rule than this?"

JPN/Agencies

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