SRINAGAR: India’s opposition leader Narendra Modi accused Pakistan of spreading ‘cross-border terrorism’ in Indian held Kashmir, but did not mention any retaliatory measures if he was elected, instead focusing on peace.
“Equality and democracy is the answer to all the problems,” Modi said as he asked voters to “trust” him in a state that sends six MPs to the national parliament in New Delhi.
Modi sought to ally fears on Wednesday about his communal credentials, pledging harmony during an election rally in the country’s only Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Hindu nationalist hardliner Modi said he would promote democracy and equality if he came to power at elections starting next month, during his first rally in the troubled region since polls were announced.
“We will follow humanity, democracy and Kashmiriness ... the path shown by Vajpayee,” Modi told a gathering of thousands in the Jammu town of Hiranagar close to the disputed border with Pakistan.
Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was referring to former premier Atal Bihari Vajpayee who signed a ceasefire agreement with Pakistan along their de factor border in 2003.
Modi, a popular but divisive figure, is tipped to oust the ruling Congress party with the BJP expected to win the most seats at the elections starting on April 7 and running in nine phases until mid May.
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