Nashik: Blaming the Congress for the plight of Kashmiris for decades, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for making efforts to create a "new paradise" in the Valley.
Launching the BJP's poll campaign for next month's Maharashtra Assembly elections, Modi also said a lot of efforts are being made from across the border to foment violence in Jammu and Kashmir. "We have to create a new paradise (in Kashmir)... hug each Kashmiri," he said.
The decision to revoke provisions under Article 370 was a decision for the unity of India, Modi said. "This decision is going to be the medium of fulfilling the aspirations and dreams of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," he said.
"A lot of efforts are being taken from across the border to spread unrest and disbelief and foment violence in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.
"The youth, mothers and sisters in Jammu and Kashmir have made up their mind to come out of the long period of violence. They want development and new job opportunities," he said.
Modi said, "We had promised that we will make new efforts to curb the problems in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Today I can say with satisfaction that the country has started walking towards fulfilling those dreams."
The implementation of the Constitution in totality in Jammu and Kashmir wasn't just the decision of a government but was done keeping in view sentiments of 130 crore Indians, he said.
"This decision was taken to bring out people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from violence, terrorism, separatism and corruption," Modi said.
On criticism that his government's programme to vaccinate 50 crore livestock is a political move, Modi said, "Cattle don't vote."
The national animal disease control programme is aimed at eradicating foot and mouth disease and brucellosis in livestock and vaccinating over 50 crore livestock, including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs against foot and mouth disease.
PM Modi also said Maharashtra had blessed chief minister Devendra Fadnavis immensely during his yatra and had made up their mind about retaining him as their CM.
"When I came to you during Lok Sabha elections, I had told you that the pace of development will be increased; it'll be done within a time frame and I'll come to you from time to time with answers. We just completed the first 100 days and the first century is before you."
He added, "In the first 100 days, there is a glimpse of the point of view of the new India, there is the message of global power of India, there is the belief of welfare, there is efforts for development of the country's economic structure and creation of new job opportunities."
On Wednesday, Fadnavis held a road show in Nashik, which covered all the three Assembly segments - Nashik East, Nashik West and Nashik Central. All these seats are being held by BJP MLAs. The 'Mahajanadesh Yatra' has been held in phases in a bid to reach out to masses ahead of the Assembly polls.