Politics of discrimination should end: Narendra Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally at Jammu along with BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday.

Zee Media Bureau/Tarun Khanna

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally at Jammu along with BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday.

It was his first rally here after being declared as Bharatiya Janata Party`s prime ministerial candidate.

As Modi stepped in at the MA stadium in Jammu, the crowd chanted his name several times. While addressing the masses, he said he was fortunate to have work for the organisation in J&K and could recollect some old memories.

Modi said that two Indians jailed in Pakistan were Sarabjit Singh and Chamel Singh. While targeting Central government, he further added that which country can see its citizens getting killed, yet no action is being taken. He also said that government is in deep sleep since 2004 and even people`s anger can`t wake it.

Raising the issue of section 370, he said that discussion should have been held to assert whether the section is benefiting the people of J&K or not.

Modi, like in most of his rallies, put up questions here to the crowd that whether various Acts pledged by Congress are being implemented in the state or not and aren`t J&K politicians covered head to toe in corruption. The crowd replied in yes. He further asked, "Shouldn’t J&K citizens get similar rights of what dalits and other tribes are getting all over the country? Men and women in the state should have equal rights."

In his speech, he also slammed separatists and said that they are ruining the state finances and promote anti-nationalist elements. Furthermore, he said that politics of discrimination should end as several religion and communities are being treated unjustly.

While praising former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee efforts towards J&K, Modi said, "Atalji wanted all to follow the path of Insaniyat, Jamhuriyat and Kashmiriyat. When for 14 years no prime minister had visited the state, it was Atalji who visited it."

He later criticised those who do vote bank politics.

In the second half the Gujarat CM will fly to the national capital to address rally at around 4 pm.

BJP president Rajnath Singh, who also shared stage with Modi, credited Indian Army for keeping Kashmir with India.

Security in Jammu was beefed up as the Gujarat Chief Minister was to address the masses here for the first time after being declared as the BJP`s prime ministerial candidate. Jammu and Kashmir police and Central Reserve Paramilitary Forces had set up barricades on all roads leading to the venue. Moreover, party banners and flags were put up on the residential homes and shops.

Called as `Lalkar`, the rally in Jammu was considered to be a step taken by the BJP to upsurge support of Muslims.

Delhi will go to polls on December 4 and the counting will begin on December 8.