SRINAGAR, AUGUST 15: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the situation Kashmir can be resolved only by embracing its people, not with bullets or abuses as he promised that the long-delayed local body elections in the state will be held soon.
“We want to go ahead not with bullets and abuses, but by embracing the patriotic people living in Kashmir,” he said in his final Independence Day speech from the Red For ahead of polls next year.
He said Jammu and Kashmir, now under Governor’s rule, would hold the much-awaited Panchayat and local body elections “in the coming months”.
PM Modi also said that when it came to Kashmir, his government was following the path shown by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“Atalji called for ”insaniyat” (humanity), ”Kashmiriat” (Kashmiri culture) and ”jamhooriyat” (democracy),” he said in his address on the occasion of India’s 72nd Independence Day.
PM Modi said his government was committed to the all-round development of all sections and regions in Jammu and Kashmir, the country’s only Muslim-majority state. (PTK)