Separatists plan protests against PM Narendra Modi’s J&K visit

The Separatists groups have been preparing to protest during the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in Jammu and Kashmir, scheduled to be held on this Sunday. They have given a call for a shutdown in the Kashmir valley on Sunday. This will be the Mod’s first visit to the state after the PDP-BJP government collapsed in June last year.

Separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik — under the banner of joint resistance leadership — issued an appeal asking people to observe a shutdown in Kashmir on Sunday when the prime minister is scheduled to arrive in the state. They alleged in a statement that a person who is in his pursuit to crush Kashmiri resistance, hurting Kashmiri economy and other oppressive measures deserves only a protest. 

PM Modi will be inaugurating projects worth more than Rs 41,000 crore and address a public rally and panchayat members during his visit to all the three regions — Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu — on February 3. PM Modi had last visited the state on May 19, 2018 to lay foundation of Zojilla Tunnel project. The PM will launch projects worth Rs 35,000 crore in Jammu division alone and projects worth Rs 6,000 crore in Kashmir. Most of these projects were sanctioned during the last PDP-BJP government.

Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for two AIIMS –one each in Jammu, Kashmir– IIM, IIT, Jammu-Akhnoor road, Shahpur-Kandi road, Sunderbani College and IIMC in Jammu. Modi will also lay foundation stone for the first University in Ladakh. Prime Minister will inaugurate an Engineering College in Kathua and Jammu Ropeway project.

Prime Minister Modi will also inaugurate Jammu & Kashmir’s first BPO on February 3. The Business Process Outsourcing company (BPO) in Bandipora will provide jobs and a better future for young men and women in the state. This is the first BPO in the state ever. 

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