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  Article 370's removal erases 'dynasty politics' hurdles in J&K's development: Modi
Feb 21, 2024 01:15 pm

Abrogation of Article 370 from J&K in 2019 has broadened the region's prospects for development and peace, previously obstructed by "dynasty politics" for seven decades, PM Narendra Modi said  in Jammu, while launching over 220 projects worth Rs 32,000 crore for the Union territory. The PM assured the audience at Maulana Azad Stadium that aspirations of the past 70 years would be realised under his leadership, calling it "Modi's guarantee He urged people to give BJP and NDA a 400-plus mandate in upcoming Lok Sabha elections. "I have full faith in you and we will make Viksit J&K," he said, expressing confidence in achieving the vision of a developed J&K.. Modi expressed satisfaction that Article 370's removal had dismantled a "wall between the country and J&K's development". He highlighted the shortcomings of families that had governed J&K since independence, accusing them of prioritising power grabs over people's welfare. "They're only concerned about their families, not about your interests. Those thinking about the welfare of their own families will never spare a thought for common citizens. I am happy that J&K is now getting freedom from dynasty politics," the PM said. He did not explicitly name any individual or political party, but alluded to Congress and regional parties National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which had governed J&K before 2019. Modi highlighted the transformation in J&K since the removal of Article 370, noting the shift from a narrative dominated by conflict to one focused on education, connectivity, inclusivity, and development. "Earlier, only disheartening news of bombs, kidnappings and separation used to come from J&K. But now, J&K is developing and moving forward. Far from hartals and bandhs, youth of J&K are scripting their own future," he said. The PM outlined milestones in education in J&K lately. "There are two IITs, two AIIMS, one of which was Inaugurated by me here ," he said. "The number of medical colleges has gone up from four to 12, besides 45 nursing and paramedical colleges." Modi also celebrated the constitutional advancements in social justice, including granting SC status to Valmiki community and inclusion of Paddari, Pahari, Gadda Brahmans, and Kolis in ST category. The PM highlighted the commendations he received regarding J&K's hospitality during his recent foreign trip to West Asia. He also mentioned the surge in tourism, with 2 crore tourists visiting J&K last year, creating earning opportunities in the region. "I assure you that people would forget Switzerland and come to J&K as infrastructure is going to get a big boost," he said, referencing projects inaugurated or initiated.. Modi flagged off the first electric train in Kashmir and congratulated the people on its inauguration. "The day is not far when people will be able to travel across the country by taking a train from Kashmir," he said.