PM pays homage to Sardar Patel, says era of peace in J&K

PM pays homage to Sardar Patel, says era of peace in J&K

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Kevadiya (Gujarat), Oct 31 : On a day crucial negotiations are being held with Naga militant groups to herald an era of peace and prosperity in northeast India and Jammu and Kashmir bifurcated into two Union territories, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that an era of peace to be prevailed in India.

"Algao vad se ...lagaav tak (From a trend of separatism, there is a new mood for unity and integrity)," Prime Minister said here after he paid floral tributes to the country's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary at the 'Statue of Unity'. The Prime Minister administered a pledge on national unity to a large gathering and also witnessed the 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Parade' by central forces and personnel of Gujarat Police.

In his speech, Mr Modi strongly justified his government's decision to do away with Article 370 vis-a-vis Jammu and Kashmir and said Sardar Patel will be happy to note that a 'diwar (wall)' that prevented unity and integrity of the nation has been done away with.

"The Article 370 only gave terrorism to J&K. It was the only place in the country where Article 370 was operational. In last three decades, over 40,000 people got killed and several mothers lost their sons due to terrorism. Now this wall has been demolished. In the northeast, Mr Modi said decades-old problems are nearing resolution.

"This is not being done by force.....," Mr Modi said, adding that other tools of consultation and mutual consent are being used for the purpose. A crucial and final round of meeting between Nagaland Governor R N Ravi and NSCN (IM) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah is being held in the capital on Thursday to end the 22-year-old peace talks.

Making a veiled attack on Pakistan, the Prime Minister said those who "cannot win wars against us" are trying to destroy India's unity. Diversity has always been India's strength, he said. (UNI)