Modi in Kashmir: Tricolour Draped Srinagar Stadium

Following the abrogation of Article 370, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to make his first visit to Srinagar, to initiate projects surpassing ₹6,400 crore in the agricultural and tourism sectors.

Following the repeal of Article 370, which had granted Jammu and Kashmir a unique status, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Srinagar today for the very first time since the policy was changed. At Bakshi Stadium, he will take part in the programme known as “Viksit Bharat Viksit Jammu Kashmir.” During this event, he will dedicate the “Holistic Agriculture Development Programme” which is valued at ₹5,000 crore.

The purpose of this programme is to further strengthen the agricultural sector in the Union territory. In addition, it is anticipated that the Prime Minister will initiate projects in the tourism sector that are estimated to be worth more than ₹1,400 crore. One of these projects is the ‘Integrated Development of Hazratbal Shrine' in Srinagar. Some of the initiatives that will be launched during the event include the “Dekho Apna Desh People's Choice Tourist Destination Poll,” which is the first-ever nationwide initiative to identify the pulse of the nation on tourism, and the “Chalo India Global Diaspora Campaign,” which is aimed at inspiring the Indian diaspora to become Incredible India ambassadors and promote tourism to India. Both of these initiatives are aimed at promoting tourism in India.

What you need to know about Prime Minister Modi's travel to Kashmir is as follows:
In preparation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Srinagar for the ‘Viksit Bharat Viksit Jammu Kashmir' programme, the national tricolour has been draped above Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar.

A two-kilometre radius surrounding the site has been subjected to increased foot patrols by the security forces, while drones and closed-circuit television cameras are being utilised for surveillance.

Additionally, board exams that were due to take place on Thursday have been postponed to safeguard the safety of the high-profile event and to ensure that it is carried out without any complications.

Within the city of Srinagar, the Srinagar Police Department has implemented a temporary restriction on the operation of drones and quadcopters. The city of Srinagar has been classified as a “Temporary Red Zone” for drone operations during this period. Any drone operations that are carried out without proper authorization within the city are subject to penalties by the relevant provisions of Rule 24(2) of the Drone Rules, 2021.

Marine commandos have been stationed in the Jhelum River and Dal Lake to prevent any of these bodies of water from being utilised for any kind of disruptive activity.
Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have stated that they anticipate approximately one lakh people to attend Prime Minister Modi's first rally in the Valley since the repeal of Article 370 in 2019. At the event, which will take place at Bakshi Stadium, it is anticipated that individuals from different regions of Jammu and Kashmir will participate. During a meeting that took place the previous week, the leaders of the party addressed the preparations, delegated tasks to various departments, and urged the mobilisation of efforts.

It has been stated that the administration of Jammu and Kashmir forced government personnel to attend a rally held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Srinagar. The leader of the National Conference, Omar Abdullah, has criticised the administration for this situation.

Under the threat of disciplinary penalty, Abdullah asserted that thousands of workers were coerced into gathering before morning and transported to the location of the event. Even though attendance was not there voluntarily, he asserted that the government was responsible for arranging the throng to give the impression that they were supporting the BJP. Furthermore, he asserted that private schools were also forced to provide buses to transport personnel to the rally they were attending.

Imran Aziz, a teenage musician hailing from the Anantnag area of Jammu & Kashmir, has written a song that praises Prime Minister Narendra Modi in advance of his upcoming visit to the Kashmir valley. The composition, which is approximately three minutes in length, expresses praise for the measures taken by Modi and his cabinet, notably the repeal of Article 370. “Modi aayenge Modi aayenge, Kamal khilayenge, jhanda leharayenge” is the first line of the song. It means “Modi will come, the lotus will bloom, and he (Modi) will hoist the flag.” The song also says that Jammu and Kashmir should be completed by regaining control of Kashmir, which is now held by Pakistan.

Jammu and Kashmir has been changed from a “terrorism capital” to the “tourism capital” of India, according to senior BJP leader Tarun Chugh, who stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is responsible for this transformation. Chugh, who was in Srinagar to see how things were going with the preparations for Prime Minister Modi's public rally at Bakshi Stadium, stated that Jammu and Kashmir is currently experiencing rapid and comprehensive development.

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