3 families made Kashmir a 'terrorist spot': Amit Shahtext_fields
Srinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah claimed that previous governments in India, run by three families, had shaped Kashmir into a 'terrorist spot'. He added that it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who turned it into a 'tourist hotspot, IANS reported.
Addressing a public rally in Baramullah town on Wednesday, he replied to former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, "Mehboobaji see with eyes wide open and also Farooq Sahib, see what we have done and what you had done. In your rule, there were 87 Assembly members, six Parliament members and three families."
Before Shah's arrival in Kashmir, Mufti had commented on Twitter that he should explain to people here what he has done for them so far.
"You people made Kashmir a 'terrorist spot' while Modiji has made Kashmir a 'tourist spot'."
"Till October this year, 22 lakh tourists came here. You gave stones and guns in the hands of the local youth, and Modiji gave them laptops and mobile phones," Shah said.
Shah said, "Modiji took democracy to Panchayat, block and district levels. Today there are more than 30,000 public representatives in these institutions."
Then he asked what investment both Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah brought to the erstwhile state.
"In 70 years since 1947, Just Rs 15,000 crore worth investment came to J&K and from 2019 till date, Rs 56,000 crore worth investments have come which will give employment to five lakh locals," he said.
Further, he stated, "42000 people died in militancy-related incidents in J&K, but no son of any leader died during this period. It was always the poor man who had to carry the heaviest weight in the World -- the dead body of his son."
According to him, till 2014, there were four medical colleges, but at present, there are nine.
He then entered reservation statistics.
"Gujjars, Bakarwals and Paharis could not get any reservation till Article 370 was here. Modiji removed Article 370, and now Gujjars, Bakarwals, and Paharis will get reservations.
"Modiji formed the Sharma commission, and through the recommendations of this commission, our Gujjar, Bakarwal and Pahari brothers and sisters will now get reservations.
He did not forget the main item of his usual discourses, Pakistan.
"Some people say we must talk to Pakistan, but we say we must talk to the people of J&K. Those who advocate talks with Pakistan should go and see PoK and find out how many villages have electricity there," he said, adding, "We brought electricity to every village in J&K. 77 lakh people have health cards, and they are entitled to treatment for Rs 5 lakhs from the government."