SRINAGAR: In an emotional address at a public rally in Kathua on Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath hailed the annulment of Article 370 as a monumental achievement by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. Adityanath, while seeking support for BJP candidate Dr Jitendra Singh from the Kathua-Udhampur Parliamentary constituency, emphasised that this decision has effectively uprooted the breeding ground for militancy in the region.

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Yogi Adityanath, BJP CM UP addressing a public rally in Kathua on April 10, 2024.

“Article 370 was a great impediment in the development of Jammu and Kashmir, but no Government in the last over 60 years tried to do away with this Constitutional anomaly,” asserted Adityanath, attributing credit to the Modi administration for “liberating” the people of Jammu and Kashmir from its clutches.

He underscored the palpable enthusiasm observed from the Red Fort in New Delhi to Lal Chowk in Srinagar, celebrating the integration of Jammu and Kashmir into the fabric of India. Adityanath commended Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for their resolve in abrogating the Article, which he believes has paved the way for Jammu and Kashmir’s progress and development.

With pride, Adityanath pointed out the rapid advancements witnessed in Jammu and Kashmir post the abrogation, including establishing new medical and engineering colleges, improving infrastructure, and providing basic amenities like clean drinking water and electricity to every household.

Addressing security concerns, Adityanath asserted, “Can any Pakistani dare to infiltrate from across the border and compromise our security? They cannot.” He emphasised the robust security measures along the borders, highlighting that even a minor disturbance prompts Pakistan to disassociate itself, acknowledging the consequences of any transgression.

The UP Chief Minister also took a swipe at the previous Congress government for its inaction in addressing the challenges in Jammu and Kashmir effectively. He accused the Congress of neglecting the region, leaving it vulnerable. Adityanath’s critique extended to the Congress’s divisive politics and its failure to prioritize national sovereignty and integrity.

Amidst his critique, Adityanath celebrated the completion of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, attributing its construction to a progressive government. He juxtaposed this achievement with what he described as the Congress’s reluctance and inability to build the temple, portraying it as a symbol of India’s march towards progress under BJP governance.

Adityanath extended an invitation to the people of Jammu to visit Ayodhya, emphasising the importance of faith and identity in public life. He shared his personal experience of visiting Ayodhya despite warnings of potential backlash, underscoring the importance of staying true to one’s beliefs.

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