PM to address two rallies in Valley

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Nov 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is arriving here on December 6 to address two rallies in Kashmir valley with an aim to achieve party’s “Mission 44+” to form the next Government in the State.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two election rallies in Srinagar and Anantnag on December 6,” Vice President of state BJP unit Ramesh Arora told a press conference here this afternoon.
Arora didn’t disclose the venues of the two rallies. He said that the party has applied for permission to the concerned authorities to hold the rallies. Sources, however, said that in Srinagar PM is addressing the rally in the high security zone at Sonwar adjacent to the cricket Stadium.
The Prime Minister is also scheduled to address two more election rallies in Jammu region in the coming phases of elections in the State, Arora said. He, however, said that the dates are yet to be finalized. “We have finalised the venues for rallies in Udhampur and Jammu districts. The dates will be finalised very soon,” he added.
Sources said that the BJP leaders are working hard to get a big gathering for the PM’s rally.
Arora said the BJP was gaining substantial foothold in Kashmir as people from cross-section of the society, particularly youth, were joining the party.
“When the youth of a society take a direction, it becomes difficult to stop them. We invite others also to join the BJP and give development a chance in the State,” he said.
The BJP leader warned the administration, police and State Government to stop harassing the local youth. He said that a large number of youth especially from the old city met the BJP leaders and alleged that they are being harassed for last one decade on one pretext or the other. He said that BJP will not tolerate it.
Arora said that one party is getting the youth arrested and other is getting them released for their own interests.
Arora hit out at Congress President Sonia Gandhi saying it was BJP Government at the Centre which extended a helping hand to the flood-affected people of the State.
“The National Conference-Congress Coalition Government was nowhere for 10 days after the floods hit the State. It is their failure, not ours,” he added.
The BJP also softened its stand on several issues including the alleged discrimination against Jammu region on development front. “We admit that we thought major share of funds was going to Kashmir. In fact, it was so but there were no signs of it in terms of development on the ground. The roads are in bad shape and there is no power and drinking water,” he added.
“There was a feeling in Jammu that their share of funds has gone to Kashmir while Kashmiris thought they got nothing. What we have seen only 100 families have progressed in the valley. Out of these two families figure prominently,” Arora said.

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