Srinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday extended a hand of friendship to the youth in Jammu and Kashmir and sought their support to strengthen democracy.
Shah said this while speaking during an interaction with the youth club in Kashmir.
“I have come here to make friends with the youth in Kashmir. I have come here to seek your support. I extend a hand of friendship. Come forward and strength the democracy,” Shah said.
The Union Minister said no one would be allowed to disrupt peace in Kashmir and those who will create hurdles in the path of development won’t be spared.
The Union Minister said the terrorism has come down in Kashmir in recent times.
“From 2004 to 2014, each more than 200 civilians were killed. But from 2014 to 2021 the number of militant related deaths has come down to 30 people each year. Terrorism has come down and stone pelting has perished,’” Shah said.
“Before August 5, 2019 no ordinary Kashmiri could dream of becoming CM (chief minister) and HM (Home Minister). In the past 70 years, Kashmir gave 87 MLAs, 3 MPs and three families. Those who are creating noise are doing so because democracy has now reached to 30,000 people from the clutches of three families,” Shah said
Shah said Kashmir has suffered a lot since Independence and a new Kashmir has been created under the leadership of Prime Minister.
The Union Home Minister said there would be elections in J&K after delimitation.
“After delimitation, there would be elections in J&K and then statehood would be restored. I have stated this in the parliament,” he said