Jammu: Union Home Minister Amit Shah halted his speech in Kashmir’s Baramulla district as Azaan started to be pronounced from a nearby mosque. He was addressing thousands of people ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in the valley.
Shah took a brief pause as he heard the call for prayer. He restarted speaking only when Azaan was over. “I have been told there is prayer in Masjid. It’s over. Should I begin again?” he asked the masses. Pertinent to mention that cadres of BJP in parts outside Kashmir have sought ban on Azaan being made on loudspeakers.
Shah is in Jammu and Kashmir for a two-day visit. On Monday, he addressed thousands of people from Rajouri areas where he spoke on length on how the situation of J&K improved post abrogation of article 370.
Ahead of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is here on a 2-day visit. People in Rajouri were reportedly majorly from the Schedule Tribe community, Shah’s speech was mostly aimed at welfare and praise for this community.
“Ever when India required the assistance of its people in safeguarding the borders, it is you people who defended the country… Even the army salutes you,” he said amid huge applause. There was great enthusiasm among the masses who also reciprocated Shah’s words with huge claps and whistles.
At Baramulla as well, he made a special reference towards STs and a special praise for the Maqbool Sherwani, a National Conference worker who reportedly deviated the track of Pakhtoon tribesmen who were heading to annex Kashmir back in October 1947. He hailed from Baramulla and has been called by Indian government as an “unsung hero”.
“Sherwani was the most vibrant who led a number of detachments of militiamen who toured different areas instilling confidence and unity among the terror-stricken people of Kashmir,” Indian government said in a press release while celebrating Sherwani’s contribution as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
“He voluntarily offered to go undercover into areas controlled by the tribesmen. Being an adventurer, he would ride village to village on his motorbike and hold public meetings and campaigns to unify them and collectively take on the raiders, thus, known by the name ‘motorcycling militia man’,” it added.
Meanwhile at Baramulla, Shah also took jibes at Muftis and Abdullahs blaming them to pushing J&K into darkness for 70 years. Like in Rajouri, here too, Shah blamed these families for death of 42000 people in Kashmir conflict. He added that to address any crisis, the stakeholders will be J&K youth not Pakistan and Indian government will talk to them.
“These families have looted the Jammu and Kashmir of its resources and used it for the personal benefits,” he said. Shah also added that elections will soon be held in the erstwhile state, once the electoral rolls are out. “The process for this is in full swing”, he added.