Fight against Terrorism in J&K in last stage: PM Modi

Agencies given free hand to take strict action against corrupt: PM Modi


NEW DELHI, Jul 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asserted that the fight against terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir is in its last stage, and a multi-pronged strategy has been adopted to destroy the remaining terror network.
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, the prime minister emphasised that terror incidents have declined in the Union Territory in the last 10 years.
Terror and separatism are ending and the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir are leading this fight, he said.
“Our fight against terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, in a way, is in last stage, last leg. We are moving with a multi-pronged strategy to eliminate the remaining terror network there,” Modi said.
Replying to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address, the prime minister said that during the past several decades, shutdowns, strikes, terrorist threats and attempts to carry out bomb blasts have been kind of a dark shadow on democracy.
“This time people have decided their fate with unwavering faith in the Constitution. I especially congratulate the voters of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
He also noted that tourism activities were on the rise and making new records and that investment too was increasing.
Modi highlighted that the voting figures in the recent Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir are going to break the records of the last four decades.
“They accept the Constitution of India, the democracy of India, the Election Commission of India. This is a huge success,” he said.
In August 2019, the BJP-led NDA government had abrogated Section 370 of the Constitution which granted special status of Jammu and Kashmir (now bifurcated in UTs of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir).
Prime Minister also said he had given a free hand to agencies to take stringent action against corruption and there will be no interference from the government.
Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks in Rajya Sabha, PM Modi said that corruption is a termite that has hollowed out the nation and he is working wholeheartedly to free the country of the menace.
He said no corrupt will be able to escape the law.
"I would like to say without hesitation that I have given a free hand to agencies to take stringent action against corruption and the corrupt. Government will not interfere anywhere. They should work honestly for honesty...I would like to tell the citizens that no corrupt will be able to escape from the law. Ye Modi ki guarantee hai," PM Modi said.
"For me, the fight against corruption is not to be measured in terms of electoral wins or losses. I am not fighting corruption to win or lose elections. This is my mission, my conviction. I believe that corruption is one such termite that has hollowed out the nation. I am working wholeheartedly to free this country of corruption and to build hatred against corruption in the minds of common people," he added.
The Prime Minister, who faced interruptions during his speech with opposition members raising slogans, took potshots at Congress over first filing a complaint against AAP government in Delhi "over corruption" and later making charges against his BJP-led central government of misusing probe agencies.
"Congress has started running 'Bhrashtachari bachao andolan' now. When the corrupt are sent to jail they do hungama...It's being said that investigative agencies are being misused...'Bhrashtachar kare 'AAP', sharabghotala kare 'AAP' aur 'AAP ki shikayat kare Congress, AAP ko court mein leke jaye Congress, ab karyawahi ho toh gaali de Modi ko...And now they are partners....Congress had presented facts against AAP in a press conference, now they must tell if those facts were correct or not," PM Modi said.
Prime Minister affirmed that the central government is making efforts to normalise the situation in the north-eastern state of Manipur, which has been witnessing ethnic violence since last year.
The Prime Minister was replying to the debate on 'Motion of Thanks' on the President's address in the Rajya Sabha.
"The government is continuously making efforts to normalise the situation in Manipur. More than 11,000 FIRs have been registered and over 500 people arrested. Incidents of violence are continuously reducing in Manipur", PM Modi said.
He further said that the central and the state governments are establishing interactions with all stakeholders to restore peace.
"Today, schools, colleges, offices and other institutions are open in the state. The Central and the State govt are talking to all stakeholders to restore peace", he said.
Giving a strong response to the opposition on the Manipur issue, PM Narendra Modi further attacked the Congress party stating that it had imposed President's rule in Manipur 10 times.
"The Union Home Minister stayed there for many weeks...Central govt is extending all cooperation to Manipur to tackle the ongoing flood situation in the state. Today, two teams of NDRF have reached Manipur. I warn those who are trying to add the fuel to fire will be rejected by Manipur...Congress had imposed President's rule in Manipur 10 times..." he said.
He further called on the opposition leaders to cooperate with the government to restore peace in the state.
"Leaving behind politics, we should cooperate to restore peace in Manipur", he said.
Notably, PM Modi clashed with Congress over Manipur issues in Parliament, sparking disruptions and accusations amid heated debates on regional unrest.
The northeastern state has been witnessing ethnic violence since May 3 last year following clashes during a rally organised by the All Tribals Students Union (ATSU) to protest against the demand for the inclusion of the Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribe category.
Earlier in June, Union Home Minister Amit Shah did a holistic review of the security situation in Manipur in a high-level meeting here in the national capital and directed to ensure that "no further incident of violence takes place" in the northeastern state.
In the one-hour-long meeting at his North Block office, the Home Minister stressed upon strategic deployment of the central forces to restore peace and tranquillity in Manipur.

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