Modi invokes ‘Mother India’ at Jammu rally

Terming the surgical strikes “India’s new policy on terrorism”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the Citizenship Amendment Bill was aimed at “standing by all children of Mother India”. “There are many natives of Mother India who have faced oppression in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh for their religious beliefs. Amendments suggested through the Citizenship Bill are part of the country’s pledge to stand by those who were once part of Mother India and got separated due to the circumstances in 1947,”he said at a rally in Jammu during his one-day tour of the State. ‘Cong. indifferent’ He said the Congress did not pay any attention to the pain of “our brothers and sisters when it was power”. Without naming Pakistan, Mr. Modi, during his speech in Srinagar, said the surgical strike “conveyed to the world India’s new policy towards terrorism”. “We will break the back of terrorism in J&K. Terrorists will be dealt with forcefully. Youth are yearning for peace and prosperity in J&K,” he said. This could be Mr. Modi’s last visit to the State ahead of the general elections. In a bid to reach out to all sections, he visited all regions of the State— Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh — and inaugurated multiple projects including new campuses of the IIT, IIM and AIIMS. In Kashmir, most markets were closed and traffic was sparse after separatists called a bandh in protest against Mr. Modi’s visit.

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