Mehbooba told us 5000-10000 will be killed in Panchayat polls: Modi


New Delhi,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that the operation to “clean-up militants” in Kashmir had been launched when he took over the helm of affairs and it will continue even as he took a strong dig at the Opposition saying whether the Army had to take permission from the Election Commission to kill the militants.
Without refering to the encounter in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir today, Modi wondered, “Will our jawans take the Election Commission’s permission before opening fire at militants”?
“Opposition Nay Kya Khel Bana Rakha Hai? (What drama is the opposition enacting),” he lamented and said it was surprising to note that the opposition parties were saying that elections were on and the security forces were opening fire at the militants (in Kashmir).
In a series of tweets, address to the election rallies and interview given to a national Hindu news channel, Modi asked when the militants were standing in front of Army carrying `bombs and bandooks’ (bombs and guns) in Kashmir, should the troops first take permission from the Election Commission whether to kill the militants or not?“Every second or third day, we have been killing the militants (in Kashmir). This is our task since we have come to power and operations to clean the militants will continue,” Modi said.
He disclosed that People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir with the BJP support, had claimed that 5000 to 10,000 people will be killed in the State in the event of conducting Panchayat elections.
“This was one of the reasons for withdrawal of our support to the Government,” he said, adding the Government then conducted Panchayat elections in the State, which were contested by about 30,000 candidates and not even a single incident of violence from any of the booths was reported.