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No one can separate Kashmir from India till BJP exists: Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Keonjhar (Odisha) 

Hitting out at for his "silence" on ally Omar Abdullah's pitch for a for Jammu and Kashmir, Friday asserted no one can make part with the state as long as the BJP exists.

Shah also alleged that the and other opposition parties are unhappy with the success of the Indian Air Force's strike on terrorist camps at Balakot in in retaliation for the Pulwama terror attack.

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"is silent on his poll ally Abdullah's suggestion (for Kashmir)...He has not uttered a word," Shah told an election rally here.

Asserting that is an inseparable and inalienable part of India, the said, "No one can take away Kashmir from us. As long as the BJP exists, Kashmir will continue to be an integral part of "

Former minister recently advocated a for his state, triggering angry reactions from BJP leaders.

Shah said barely 13 days after 40 CRPF personnel were killed in Kashmir's Pulwama in a terror attack, air strikes were carried out targeting a terrorist haven inside and the whole nation rejoiced.

"But Rahul Baba did not like it. There was mourning in and his alliance," he alleged.

Lashing out at Gandhi family's Sam Pitroda, who advocated "talks with terrorists", the asked, "Tell me whether we should hold a dialogue with terrorists or bomb them?"

"If we get bullets from Pakistan, we will retaliate with more lethal ammunition," he declared.

Maintaining that a Modi wave is sweeping across the country once again, he claimed "From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Odisha to we hear the chants of 'Modi, Modi' everywhere."

Shah claimed it is the BJP alone that can safeguard people's interests.

Slamming for his poor command over Odia language, Shah said despite ruling the state for 19 years he cannot talk to people in their language.

Odisha, he said, is rich in natural resources but its people are still poor because of the wrong policies of the BJD government.

"The 19-year BJD rule has been marked by misgovernance and corruption. The youth are forced to migrate to other states to earn livelihood as Odisha lacks job opportunities."

Shah also shared his plans for the development of this tribal-dominated district.

The BJP government will set up a and a medical college in district if re-elected at the Centre. All forest produce will be procured at Minimum Support Price from the tribals, while no GST will be levied on tendu leaves, he said.

Under the (DMF) funds, an additional Rs 1,600 crore has already been allocated to Keonjhar, the said.

"Unlike the Congress, which did nothing to eradicate poverty during its 70-year rule in the country, the Modi government has been working sincerely for the welfare of the poor, farmers, youth, tribals, Dalits and the weaker sections," Shah claimed.

Polling in Keonjhar, where the BJP has fielded Ananta Nayak as its Lok Sabha candidate, is slated to be held in the third phase on April 23.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 17:45 IST