Political divide in Kashmir ahead of PM Modi’s visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Jammu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Jammu | Photo: PTI

SRINAGAR — With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Kashmir on March 7, political parties in the region are reflecting contrasting sentiments among locals.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) expressed scepticism about any potential positive outcomes from Modi’s visit, citing grievances against the BJP-led government’s treatment of Kashmiris.

PDP spokesperson Suhail Bukhari, addressing a press conference in Srinagar, asserted that the people of the valley harboured no expectations from the Prime Minister’s visit. “The BJP government misbehaved and never listened to the people,” Bukhari stated, reflecting a sentiment of disillusionment among many Kashmiris.

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In contrast, BJP National General Secretary Tarun Chugh painted an optimistic picture of Kashmir’s anticipation, claiming that Kashmiris held high hopes for Modi’s leadership.

Chugh highlighted the purported achievements under Modi’s administration, including industrial growth, employment opportunities for youth, and the revocation of Article 370. He emphasized the enthusiasm among locals for Modi’s forthcoming rally at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar.

The contrasting views underscore the political divide in Kashmir, with the PDP expressing scepticism while the BJP remains optimistic about the impact of Modi’s visit. As Kashmir braces for Modi’s arrival, the region finds itself at the centre of divergent political opinions and aspirations.

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