BJP’s 370 seats’ slogan given by party colleague from Kashmir: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a campaign rally for Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal on Wednesday. (UNI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a campaign rally for Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal on Wednesday. (UNI)

‘Valley’s stone pelting girl is now national player’

People celebrating democracy with record turnout

Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, May 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has disclosed that it was one of his colleagues in Kashmir who said the BJP has abrogated Article 370 and it should give the slogan of 370 seats in the Parliamentary elections and ‘NDA 400 Paar’ and then it reached among all the people.
In separate interviews to two national Hindi news channels, Modi said the slogan of ‘400 Paar’ was first started by the people of the country and then it spread.
“One of my party colleagues from Kashmir told me that since the Bharatiya Janata Party has abrogated Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir it should give the slogan of 370 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. And then the slogan of BJP 370 seats and NDA ‘400 Paar’ spread and became the voice of the people,” Modi said, adding the slogan of ‘400 Paar’ was first given by the people of the country.

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The BJP has been contesting current Parliamentary elections with the target of 370 seats for itself and more than 400 for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The BJP-led Government at the Centre abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution of India granting special status to erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019.
“I’m happy that people in Kashmir voted for Kashmir and the country. Sixty percent polling in the Valley means the people there respect the Constitution and the tricolor,” the Prime Minister said.
Recalling ‘Ekta Yatra’ taken out in 1991, Modi said the Indians gun roar when the tricolor is hoisted but when the national flag was unfurled at Lal Chowk there was firing by the terrorists from Pakistan and a plane was also damaged. Then BBC representative Mark Tully had reported it, he added.
Mentioning an incident, he said he saw a girl pelting stones in Kashmir on a TV channel with full force.
“I saw her on the Television. She was pelting stones with powerfully. I called her. Now, she has become a national player,” the Prime Minister said. However, he didn’t name her.
At an election rally in Odisha, Modi noted that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are now celebrating democracy with record voting turnout.
PTI adds from West Bengal:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today alleged that demography in the bordering areas of West Bengal is changing because of infiltration while illegal entrants are snatching away the opportunities meant for local youths.
Modi also claimed that the Trinamool Congress government in the State was giving away the rights of “original” OBCs to Muslims by issuing false caste certificates.
He said, “The demography in the bordering areas of Bengal is being changed. The TMC is against giving citizenship to religiously persecuted minorities. Why are they opposing the CAA so much? Why are these people (TMC leaders) lying about the CAA?”
The Prime Minister alleged that the TMC has indulged in the politics of appeasement so that illegal infiltrators could settle in Bengal.
He asserted that the Matua community members would get Indian citizenship with all the respect that’s due to them.
The TMC does not want the Hindus and Matuas to stay in Bengal, Modi alleged while addressing his last election rally in the State in this election at Kakdwip.
“To appease a section of the society, the TMC Government is openly attacking the Constitution, which has given reservations to Dalits and backward castes. Reservations were looted in West Bengal and false OBC certificates were issued to Muslims,” Modi said.
He referred to the May 22 Calcutta High Court order that struck down the Other Backward Classes (OBC) status of several classes in West Bengal granted since 2010, finding such reservations to vacancies in services and posts in the state are illegal.
“But the TMC cannot accept this verdict. They are misguiding Muslims by spreading wrong information regarding the court’s verdict. Just imagine to what end they can go for appeasement,” Modi added.
“Today, infiltrators are snatching away the opportunities provided for the youths. They are encroaching on your properties and land and the entire country is worried about that,” he said.
After counting of votes on June 4, these TMC people will run out of steam, the Prime Minister claimed.
Modi attacked the TMC, accusing it of preventing the implementation of Central schemes for fishermen, and other programmes such as Ujjwala Yojana and Ayushman Bharat.
He also accused the TMC Government of compromising national security by allowing unchecked infiltration in West Bengal from across its borders.
“TMC and INDIA bloc are pushing West Bengal in the opposite direction of development. Trinamool Congress even takes cut money from PM Awas and mid-day meal projects,” he alleged.
He charged “TMC goons” of attacking Bharat Sevashram Sangha and Ramakrishna Mission establishments in the state.”
“To enforce ‘Viksit Bharat’, we need a ‘Viksit Bengal’,” he said.