Shri Narendra Modi began his first ‘Bharat Vijay’ campaign rally on the morning of 26th March, 2014, by addressing a massive crowd of supporters at Hiranagar in Jammu & Kashmir.
Shri Modi spoke of how the land of J&K had been blood-ridden by terrorist attacks over the years since independence, and stated how following Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji’s mantra for the development of Kashmir would have gone a long way in ensuring a trouble-free state. “For years there was blood in this great land. Terrorists did not only kill people, they attacked Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat. Vajpayee ji gave a mantra- Insaniyat, Jamhooriyat, Kashmiriyat. He based J&K's development on this, and we need to take it ahead. There is no solution to the problems of the people except development. Atal ji ignited hope among the people of Kashmir. Had he got more time, things would have changed in J&K,” affirmed Shri Modi.
Referring to Pakistan, Shri Modi spoke of how 3AKs had become popular, off late, in the neighbouring country. “There are 3 people who are being praised in Pakistan- they are 3 AKs- AK 47, AK Antony & AK 49. This AK 49 just gave birth to a new party and on his party official website the map shows Kashmir is given to Pakistan. Also, one of AK 49's close aide says there must be referendum of Kashmir and Pakistan is jumping in joy. I think AK is becoming very lucky for Pakistan and we need to recognise them,” said Shri Modi.
Attacking the dynastic politics of the Congress that had ruined the country, Shri Modi said, “In a democracy, dynasty politics is wrong. We need to free the state and nation from it. For how long will you tolerate this family and dynastic politics? Generations ruled but what did you get.” He further mentioned how the Congress only had the aspect of secularism to talk about, rather than addressing the burning issues of inflation, corruption and unemployment. “When I say give jobs to youth, they say secularism is under threat. When I say reduce prices they say first secularism please. When I say let’s talk about ending terrorism and taking care of farmers they say no, let’s talk secularism first. Those who have no answers to the people for their misdeeds cannot mislead the nation on issue of 'secularism'. We want brotherhood,” said Shri Modi, while stating that the only way to serve the country was through working for long hours and toiling towards its development, even as ensuring the betterment of the impoverished. “For what we want to do, we need to work for 18 hours, wipe tears of the poor. Congress doesn't have the courage to walk on this path,” said Shri Modi.
Shri Modi also recalled Lal Bahadur Shastri ji’s slogan of “Jai Jawaan, Jai Kisan” and expressed shock as to how the Congress party was least bothered to ensure the development of the farmer and soldier. “Shastri ji said JAI JAWAN, JAI KISAN. But soldiers are being beheaded. Why is this happening. Is your Jai Jawan about young children having their fathers who are serving the nation snatched away? I think the new slogan of UPA is MAR JAWAN, MAR KISAN, as farmers and soldiers are getting killed,” said Shri Modi.
Shri Modi also spoke of how according to the ‘Shahzaada’ in Congress, the party was about a ‘soch’ (thought), while in reality, the party was actually in the ‘soch’ of how a tea seller had reached to such great heights. He also expressed dismay at the fact that scores of people who had come to India from PoK were yet to get their Indian citizenship, and said that the mere promises of the Congress in the past decades would not help the Nation in any way.
Shri Narendra Modi also questioned as to why there was no Prevention of Corruption Act in J&K. “Why has the Prevention of Corruption Act not been implemented here. They shout about Lokpal but what is the scenario here? The truth is that their hands are black,” said Shri Modi, while referring to the rampant corruption in the system.
Recalling the contribution of Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, Shri Modi stated that the time had come to ponder on whether the thought of SP Mookerjee had benefitted J&K or the thought of Sheikh Abdullah and the current government. Urging the people to support the BJP in the upcoming 2014 elections, Shri Modi said, “I am not asking for 60 months to sit and enjoy power but as a Chowkidaar. Enough of this loot in the nation.”
Appreciating the presence of the strong crowd, Shri Modi spoke of how if the J&K CM were to see this massive crowd, he would very well understand where the wind is blowing. Shri Modi expressed delight at being able to begin his ‘Bharat Vijay’ rallies from J&K and stated that each of these rallies would focus on making India victorious. “I am really happy that I am beginning the campaign from J&K. This morning I bowed to Mata Vaishno Devi. The rally is called Bharat Vijay Rally. When we say Bharat Vijay Rally, we intend to focus on making India emerge victorious over price rise, corruption. India should emerge victorious over mis-governance, unemployment, over farmers committing suicide.” Affirming of BJP’s focus on building lifelong relationships with its supporters, Shri Modi welcomed retired IG Shri Farooq Khan and journalist Shri Jehangir and Dr Suresh Malhotra into the BJP, and said, “For the poor, for those who want to serve, the only place left for such people is BJP When someone joins the BJP family, it is not only about membership, we strengthen relationships. I welcome our friends who joined BJP.” He thanked the people for their show of support and assured them, “Your affection will give me tremendous strength. The affection you are giving, I will repay it with strong development.”
Shri Avinash Khanna, Shri Jugal Kishore Sharma, Shri Ashok Khajuria, Dr. Nirmal Singh, Dr. Jitendra Singh and Shri Shamsher Singh were among the senior leaders present on the occasion.
Before addressing the rally, Shri Modi had also paid obeisance at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu.