Terror strikes in Kashmir an attack on democracy: Modi

Updated: Jan 14, 2015, 14:32 IST | Agencies |

Addressing a poll rally in Jharkhand, the Prime Minister criticises attacks in the valley, urges development of the state

Ranchi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described the terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir as a “shameful act on the democratic process” in the state, which is witnessing a healthy turnout in assembly polls.

Addressing a poll rally in Hazaribagh district in Jharkhand, Modi also asked the state electorate to vote for development in the state.

Chief of Indian Army, General Dalbir Singh Suhaj (centre) pays homage to Indian army soldiers during a wreath laying ceremony at the Indian Army headquarters in Srinagar yesterday. PIC/AFP

“The terrorists did a shameful act by attacking the democratic process in Kashmir. Our brave security personnel gave a befitting reply to them,” Modi said.

Twenty-one people, including eight soldiers, were killed in a string of attacks across Kashmir on Friday.

The attacks came in the midst of assembly polls in the state. The third phase will take place on December 9. The first two phases saw a voter turnout of around 70 per cent.

“An army officer from Jharkhand was also killed. I pay my tributes to the security personnel killed in the terrorist attack,” said Modi.

Lt Col Sanklap Shukla, a resident of Ranchi, was killed in the attack. He is survived by an eight-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son.

“Enough politics has been done in the name of caste and creed. The time has come to vote for development. Only development will take the nation forward,” Modi said.

Narendra Modi in Hazaribagh on Saturday. Pic/PTI

“Jharkhand is living under darkness despite the fact that state produces coal. God graced the state with forest and mines and it has the potential to emerge as an economic power,” he added.

He also attempted to restore peoples’ faith by announcing that the state will be able to generate R20 lakh crore from coal in coming years under a new coal policy.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha was also present at the rally and shared the dais with his son Jayant Sinha who is Hazaribagh MP and a minister in Modi cabinet.

Counting will take place in both Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand on December 23.

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