By Ishank Katyal
Budgam, Jammu and Kashmir: Union Minister and BJP Member of Parliament Anurag Thakur on Saturday said that Article 370 from Kashmir is “gone forever”, even after several statements made by former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti to bring the law back.
“Farooq Abdullah says he will seek China’s help. Mehbooba Mufti says she will take the help of Pakistan, the country that gave us terrorism. They say they will bring back Article 370, but I say Article 370 has gone forever and will never come back,” Mr Thakur said while speaking at a rally in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district, ahead of the sixth phase of the District Development Council (DDC) election today.
Thakur further said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to provide education and employment in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji will bring education, employment and development in Jammu and Kashmir. New IIMs and railway connectivity has been brought by Modi ji. The budget for the next five years will be made by the DDC representatives chosen by you. This strength has been given to you by Modi ji,” he said.
He added, “DDC members will make decisions about schools, electricity, and other development works. The people here want peace and harmony, freedom from the Abdullah-Mehbooba government.”
He further asked people to compare their children with the children of Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, saying that while the leaders ensured education and development for their own children, they compelled the children of the poor to take up arms.
“I urge you all to cast your vote. Modi ji‘s BJP will bring about development just like in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat,” he said.
“These elections are being contested on the issue of development and the huge voter turnout shows that democracy is winning here. Opportunities are waiting for people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the union minister said.
A total of 31 constituencies are set to go for polling in the sixth phase of ongoing District Development Council (DDC) polls and 334 Panch and 77 Sarpanch seats will also witness voting today across Jammu and Kashmir.
While addressing an evening press conference here, State Election Commissioner (SEC), KK Sharma said that a total of 31 DDC constituencies will go to polls including 14 seats from Kashmir division and 17 from Jammu division.