Modi adopting divide & rule policy in Kashmir: Mir

Congress leaders during an election meeting at Jammu on Wednesday.
Congress leaders during an election meeting at Jammu on Wednesday.

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Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 17:JKPCC chief and Congress candidate from Anantnag Parliamentary constituency, Ghulam Ahmed Mir today said that Congress is a grand old party whose basic agenda is secularism and party will never deviate from its basic principles.
The Congress chief was talking to reporters at the sidelights of an election meeting organised by Migrant Cell, PCC led by Hira Lal Pandita.
Flanked by his senior party colleague and former Minister, Raman Bhalla who is also the party candidate from Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha Constituency, Mir said Congress is a vast sea which can accumulate every class of people in it.
Mir, while appealing Kashmiri Pandits from South Kashmir districts of Anantnag,Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian to vote for him without naming Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference(NC)he said one candidate represented the Constituency twice in Parliament and her report card is totally before you while the candidate of another party who recently resigned from the Government service does not have the knowledge how many constituencies are in South Kashmir.
He said this shows what sort of representation they can give to people in the Parliament.
Mir expressed the hope that the people of South Kashmir will enmass vote for Congress party whose recently released poll manifesto touches their hearts.
Criticising the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and BJP he said after failing to fulfil promises made with the people during 2014 poll, PM did Balakote to turn the public attention for seeking vote.
He said arrest of separatist leaders including action on Mirwaiz Umer Farooq is also an example in this regard. He said the BJP has adopted the formula of divide and rule in Kashmir which is a policy of Britishers and the Modi Government doesn’t want emergence of single leadership in Kashmir. If any party gets strengthened in Valley the Modi Government tries to break it, he added.
Mir said over three to four lakh Kashmiri Pandits are scattered all over country for last three decades and Congress was for their settlement as per their aspirations in the Valley. “We took initiative and launched the PM’s employment scheme constructed quarters in Valley as well as Jammu while no such steps were taken by BJP”, he added.
Addressing the meeting, Raman Bhalla said the Congress Government constructed quarters at Jagti, Buta Nagar, Nagrota and Purkhoo to provide basic facilities to migrants. “We initiated PM’s employment package of 6000 jobs and constructed quarters for migrants in Valley”, he added.
He said it was Congress party which took initiative to settle migrants in transit camps in Jammu and provided them relief and other help. He alleged that Rs 21 lakh package proposed by Congress -NC Government was put in cold storage by the Modi Government.
Both Bhalla and former Minster, Mula Ram sought vote for G A Mir and reiterated party’s commitment on dignified and honourable rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants in Valley.
Addressing the gathering, H L Pandita, chairman Migrant Cell Congress highlighted plight of displaced Pandits and alleged that during six years of Vajpayee rule and five years of Modi rule the problems of Kashmir migrants compounded.
He said not to speak of PM even a minister of BJP Government did not bother to visit migrant camps to listen their problems and find a solution for them. He appealed the displaced people from Valley to vote enmass in favour of Mir. Pandita said highest number of seven thousand voters have been registered for Anantnag district only while the figures of Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama are yet to be compiled and these votes should be polled enmass for Congress to ensure victory of Mir.
Former Minister, Raman Matto, chief spokesperson, Ravinder Sharma, Yougesh Sawhney, Rural distt president, Hari Singh Chib, Manmohan Singh, RK Bhat , Rajiv Saraf, Chaman Lal Koul, Shadi Lal Pandita beside others addressed the meeting.