Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday blamed the Congress and country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the worsening situation in Kashmir.
“Had Jawahar Lal Nehru asked Sardar Vallabhai Patel to decide the fortune of Kashmir, the Kashmir issue and even PoK would not have been there,” Rajnath said.
According to a South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), the terrorism related deaths in the Valley has increased under the three years rule of Modi government.
However, Singh assured the situation of Kashmir will soon be better and "no power can stop India from resolving the Kashmir issue". He also lambasted Paksitan for its "imptious" activities against India.
“Pakistan is our neighbouring state. Its name is ‘Pak’-istan, but it regularly indulges in ‘napaak’ (impious) activities, tries to break India and sends terrorists into India.”
“Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried his best (for peaceful resolution of bilateral issues) considering that Pakistan is our neighbouring state. He even went to Pakistan breaking all protocol, but Pakistan is not refraining from its activities. This can’t continue for long,” he said.
The home minister said he has asked the Army to reply with bullets to Pakistani firings on the Kashmir border instead of showing the “white flag” (of peace).
“We have given a free hand to the Army. I have said you are free to act against terrorists,” Singh said, adding this has resulted in a “record” number of militants being killed in Jammu and Kashmir in 2016-17.
Rajanth Singh was addressing a gathering in Surat as part of the BJP’s ‘Gaurav Yatra’ to galvanise support ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat.
After Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's intense campaigning in PM Modi's home state, the ruling BJP has landed senior leaders and Union ministers in the state to fight anti-incumbancy and earn people's vote.