J&K poll turnout has frustrated terrorists, says PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said terrorists have become frustrated because the people in J&K have defeated the bullet and introduced ballot in the strife torn state, even as the encounter between the army and Pakistani terrorists in the Arnia sector ended.

'The terrorists are frustrated. They feel that how come despite carrying out bomb blasts, firing and gunning down people, the power of democracy is alive. And that is why they are frustrated,' said Modi while addressing an election rally at Udhampur. More than 70 per cent people defied terrorists and separatists, and exercised their franchise in the first phase of elections in 15 assembly constituencies spread over seven districts of Jammu and Kashmir on November 25.

'I want to congratulate the people from the bottom of my heart who voted in large numbers and made democracy a winner. For the first time people have got the powers and strength that they suppressed the bullet and introduced ballot,' the Prime Minister said.

Praising the people of Jammu and Kashmir for reposing faith in democracy, Modi said they (people) are neither going to bow nor be terrified, and shape the future of Jammu and Kashmir in a democratic way. 'While keeping their morale high, the people will shape the future of Jammu and Kashmir through democratic means. I congratulate the people (for voting). The entire nation congratulates them. The world has got a message that what is in the hearts of J&K. You have done a big thing', he said

Meanwhile, another civilian was killed at Arnia on Friday taking the death toll to 12 in the gunfight between the infiltrating terrorists and security forces near the International Border. The Indian army lost three of its soldiers but has been successful in killing all four terrorists who had infiltrated.

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