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'Pak PM invoking Nagpur is good as God's name gives salvation'

Press Trust of India  |  Pune/Nagpur 

Campaigning for the BJP for the October 21 Maharashtra assembly elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for removing special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, a move he described as the "final nail in the coffin of terrorism".

He also said that Pakistan was now scared of 'Nagpur', which houses the RSS headquarters.

The Uttar Pradesh chief minister added that Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan is invoking the name of 'Nagpur' is in a way good because "taking the name of God gives salvation to the person".

He said Pakistan has now understood after India's response that using a nuclear bomb will finish it forever.

Addressing a public rally in Lonavla in Pune district in support of BJP candidate Sanjay Bhegde, Adityanath said that by nullifying Article 370 Modi turned the idea of "One nation, great nation" into reality.

"Kashmir, which is called as paradise on the Earth, turned into hell under Article 370. Terrorists used to kill innocent civilians and Indian soldiers," he said, adding that the withdrawn provision was a major impediment in development of Jammu and Kashmir.

The chief minister also said that it was Syama Prasad Mukherjee, the founder of the BJP's forerunner Jana Sangha, who had staunchly opposed the idea of "two prime ministers, two signs, and two Constitutions" under Article 370.

"The idea of 'one nation, great nation' became a reality thanks to Narendra Modiji and (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah. With this decision, the final nail was put in the coffin of terrorism. The move has sent the message that terrorism has no place on the Indian soil," he said.

Adityanath also praised Modi government for working for the cause of the empowerment of women, which he said was previously restricted only to "slogans". He listed schemes like 'Beti Bachav, Beti Padhao', 'Ujjwala Yojana', and the law to criminalise triple talaq to make his point.

He said his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis, who is seeking a second term, has "transformed" the lives of people by implementing several welfare projects.

"Gone are the days when thousands of farmers used to commit suicide. The Fadnavis government has not only stopped suicides by launching pro-farmer schemes, but also generated employment opportunities for people," he added.

Adityanath said Fadnavis government broke the back of crime in the state.

"There was time when goons of the 'D' (Dawood Ibrahim) gang used to extort money; bomb blasts occurred, but in the last five years all these elements have disappeared and a secure atmosphere prevailed in Maharashtra," he said.

The assembly polls are scheduled to be held on October 21. Counting of votes will take place on October 24.

Nullification of Article 370 has become a focal point of the BJP's electoral discourse, drawing allegations from the Opposition camp that the saffron top brass is skirting core issues like "economic downturn" to "divert" attention of voters.

Speaking in Nagpur, the headquarter of RSS, Adityanath said the city plays an important role in spreading the message of 'Bharat' to the country and across the world.

"Even Pakistan prime minister is scared of Nagpur. He invokes name of Nagpur (read RSS) when he has nothing to say," he said while addressing a public rally for BJP candidate in Nagpur West constituency.

He said while B R Ambedkar was against now scrapped Article 370, the Congress leadership in 1952 added the controversial provision to the Constitution surreptitiously, which was an "insult" to the Father of the Constitution.

"'Nagpur' plays a very important role in spreading the message of 'Bharat' to the people in the country and abroad. Now, even Pakistan is getting scared of Nagpur. When Pak PM Imran Khan does not have anything to say he invokes the name of Nagpur.

"It is in a way good because taking the name of God gives salvation to the person," he said.

The Uttar Pradesh CM said Pakistan used to threaten India by talking about nuclear bombs some 5-7 years ago.

"But now, Pakistan has got a befitting reply from India (apparent reference to Balakot strike and scrapping of Article 370). They understand now that if they use it once they will be finished forever. Now, the Pakistani PM is going around the world but is getting any support," he said.

Adityanath also attacked the Congress and the NCP for "failing" to ushering in development when in power.

"Leaders of the Congress and the NCP had misused power for themselves and their families, but even today they are not improving," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 14 2019. 23:05 IST
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