Multi-layered security arrangements have been put in place ahead of
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election rally in Srinagar on Monday in
the backdrop of synchronized militant attacks.
Protection Group (SPG) has taken over the rally venue, Sher-i-Kashmir
Stadium, under the leadership of a deputy inspector general-rank
Thirty paramilitary forces companies have been
deployed in and around the stadium while sharpshooters have been being
deployed on nearby buildings.
"People, who would attend the rally, would be frisked at nearly a dozen places before they enter the stadium," said a source.
CCTV cameras have been installed inside the stadium while SPG personnel would monitor activities of the crowd with binoculars.
Sources said security agencies have advised the prime minister's
chopper should either land at Badami Bagh Cantonment or Nehru Helipad to
shorten the distance to the venue.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah made light of the BJP's claim that one lakh people were expected to attend the rally.
"Getting people for the rally is not a difficult task for the BJP as
they have lot of money. And Sajjad Lone is also working for this rally
but converting that rally into vote is really a challenge for the PM,"
He had earlier asked Modi to apologize to Kashmiris over his ministerial colleagues abusive remarks.
"Jammu & Kashmir is a Muslim-majority state and senior minister of
Modi government used such bad words against my people. We all want to
listen to Modi what he will say to people of Kashmir about it," he had
A BJP worker said the synchronized attacks had shaken
them and could impact the attendance at the Modi's rally. "We will try
to keep away from the venue and watch Modi's speech on TV."
BJP general secretary Ram Madhav maintained the attacks would have no
impact on the rally. "We salute our brave troops and as long as they are
on the ground, we need not to worry about the security."
"The stadium would be filled to its capacity. People would certainly come to listen to Modi on Monday."
Modi Ain’t no Vajpayee
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee Speech in Parliament on Confidence Motion – PART
KASHMIR IN FOCUS
Poetry, imagery and renewed hopes
By Sudha RamachandranBANGALORE – The contrast in the style and content
of the speeches could not have been more marked. If during his previous
visit to Kashmir last May Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s speech
was patently belligerent, the tone and tenor of his public address in
Srinagar last week was conciliatory.It was amid the spiraling tension
between India and Pakistan last May, when the world feared that the two
countries were on the verge of a nuclear war, that Vajpayee visited
Kashmir. During a tour of the front lines in Kupwara district of Jammu
and Kashmir, Vajpayee in a speech to the Indian troops thundered, “Our
goal should be victory, because now the time has come for a decisive
fight, and in this war we will win … We have to fight our own war, we
are ready for it, and we are prepared for it.”In contrast, the main
theme of Vajpayee’s public address last Friday was peace, dialogue and
reconciliation. In fact, he repeated the need for dialogue more than a
dozen times in his 12-minute speech. The government of India, he said,
is ready to solve all internal and external issues through negotiations.
Incidentally, Vajpayee’s peace overture comes at a time of heightened
hostile rhetoric by leaders in Indian and Pakistan.