RANCHI: A day after terror strikes rocked Kashmir Valley, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described it as a “shameful act on the democratic process” in the poll-bound state.
“Terrorists tried to attack the democracy of India. But the brave jawans sacrificed their lives to protect the country,” said Modi.
Addressing a massive election rally in Hazaribagh, around 100 km from here, the Prime Minister paid tributes to the security men who laid down their lives while fighting militants, particularly Jharkhand’s brave son Sankalp Kumar Shukla.
“Sankalp Kumar martyrdom will be remembered by future generations in the state,” Modi said.
The third phase of the five-phase polls in Jharkhand will be held on December 9, in which people will elect their nominees for 17 seats.
Lt Col. Sankalp, survived by an eight-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son, was among the 11 security personnel killed in a militant attack on Friday on an Army camp in Uri.
Pitching for a clear majority in Jharkhand, the Prime Minister made a fervent appeal to the cheering crowd to vote for development and end corruption.
“After 30 years we have a strong and stable government in Delhi and Jharkhand has played an important role in it. Now Jharkhand does not want a coalition government. These coalition deals are very costly and no good comes out of it,” he said.
Maintaining that development is the only way ahead, Modi said, “Enough of caste politics. Enough of politics of city vs village, forward vs backward. Need of the hour is to leave these paths. If politics has to be done, it has to be on development. A government should be selected and evaluated on development, nothing else.”
Union Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha, former Chief Minister Arjun Munda and former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha, along with other BJP leaders, were present on the occasion.
Invoking the strength of Jharkhand, Modi said, “Jharkhand is not an ordinary state. It can become the pride of India’s economic development. What you need is someone live for you, someone work for you and someone who will work for your well-being. Such is the government you need.”
“I have come here to promise you that the Centre will work along with the state government for your development,” Modi said.
Reiterating that the state will be able to generate `20 lakh crore from coal in the coming years under the new policy, Modi said he wanted to change the situation by providing education and employment by setting up factories, making water available and providing electricity to villages.
Modi also talked about the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana and how it will help the farmers of the state.