Baramulla: In a noble gesture, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday briefly stopped his speech during a rally in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir after hearing ‘Azaan’ (Muslim call to prayer) from a nearby mosque. Just five minutes after the Union Home Minister began addressing the rally at Showkat Ali stadium in this North Kashmir district, he took a pause and asked those on the stage “if something was going on at a mosque”?
When someone on the stage told him that ‘Azaan’ was going on, Shah stopped his speech, attracting a huge round of applause and chanting of slogans in his favour from the gathering. After a brief moment, Shah said the call for prayer has now stopped and asked if he would continue his speech. “Should I start or not? Say it loudly, should I start,” he asked and then went on with his speech.
The video of Amit Shah briefly stopping his speech during Azaan is being widely shared on Twitter and evoking positive reactions from netizens.
Earlier, soon after his arrival, Shah started his speech much to the delight of the people who had been waiting for hours since early morning. Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitender Singh, who were also present on the stage, did not address the gathering.
During his half-hour speech, Shah ruled out holding dialogue with Pakistan and asserted that the Modi government will wipe out terrorism from Jammu and Kashmir to make it the “most peaceful place in the country”.
Shah also said that assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be conducted with “full transparency” once the Election Commission completes the exercise of publishing the revised electoral rolls. Urging the youths to shun the path of violence, Shah said terrorism has claimed 42,000 lives in Jammu and Kashmir since the 1990s and asked whether it has ever benefited anyone.
He blamed the families of the Abdullahs (National Conference), Muftis (PDP) and Nehru-Gandhi (Congress) for the lack of development in Jammu and Kashmir as they ruled the erstwhile state for most of the years since the country’s independence.