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A few ‘misled people’ harming great traditions of Kashmir, says PM Narendra Modi

Modi also appealed for peace and promised development in the Kashmir Valley

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Alirajpur, August 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said a handful of “misled people” are harming the great traditions of Kashmir and urged its youth to help make the state a “paradise”.

Addressing a public meeting here, Modi also appealed for peace in the Kashmir Valley, saying his government was looking for developmental solutions to people’s problems.

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“A handful of people, who have been misled, are harming the great traditions of Kashmir. I call upon the youth of Kashmir to move forward with the dream of making Kashmir a paradise,” Modi said.

Modi chose to speak on the troubles in the valley publicly for the first time during the launch the “70 Saal Azadi, Yaad Karo Kurbani” celebrations at the birthplace of freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad.

“Kashmir wants peace. Whatever Kashmiris want for the betterment of their livelihood, the centre will provide,” the Prime Minister said.

The Kashmir Valley has been engulfed by violent unrest since the July 8 killing of a rebel commander, leaving over 55 people dead and thousands injured.

Talking about stone pelting incidents in Kashmir, Modi said: “The children or youths in whose hands there should be laptop, book, volleyball or cricket bat, who should have dreams in their hearts, such innocent (youths) are given stones to pelt.

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“This can allow some people to do their politics but what will happen to these innocent youths? Be it the Jammu and Kashmir government under Mehboobaji or the central government, we are finding solutions to all problems through development. But some people want destruction there,” he said.

The Prime Minister said every Indian loves Kashmir and desires to go there.

“Kashmir wants peace. The citizens of Kashmir want to earn more money through tourism. We want to ensure jobs for youths of Kashmir.”

Modi thanked all the political parties for speaking in one voice over the Kashmir issue.

The Prime Minister paid floral tributes at Chandrashekhar Azad’s birthplace and visited an exhibition related to the life of the freedom fighter who shot himself dead in an Allahabad park to avoid capture.(IANS)

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If the BSP, SP and RLD join hands, it may emerge as a formidable alliance against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav will hold a joint press conference here on Saturday when the alliance between them for the coming Lok Sabha polls is likely to be announced.

An invitation, jointly signed by SP General Secretary Rajendra Chowdhary and BSP General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, has been circulated to the media for the press conference at a five-star hotel here.

Informed sources said that the two former Chief Ministers might formally announce the formation of the alliance for the Lok Sabha polls and also share the seat-sharing formula.

A tactical alliance between SP and BSP – once sworn enemies – helped them defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha by-elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur last year. The two parties also backed the candidate of RLD-led by Ajit Singh to win the Kairana Lok Sabha constituency.

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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati (IANS)

Four-time Chief Minister Mayawati flew into Lucknow late on Thursday and is likely to deliberate with her party leaders on Friday before sealing the deal with SP.

A senior party leader said that while the SP and BSP will share 37 seats each, they will leave two for Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).

The alliance might also leave two seats, Amethi and Rae Bareli, for the Congress to enable Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi to contest from there.

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These were the only two seats the Congress won in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in which the BSP drew a blank and SP managed to win five seats, again won by members of the Samajwadi Party’s ‘first family’.

The BJP swept 71 seats while its ally Apna Dal got two seats in a four-way contest.

If the BSP, SP and RLD join hands, it may emerge as a formidable alliance against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. (IANS)