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New  Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi  on Wednesday reiterated his commitment to resolve  Kashmir problem by embracing the people of the Valley  as guns and abuse would  yield nothing .

Modi has  made this point of reaching out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir by holding them in a tight embrace  for the second consecutive year  in his Independence Day  speech from  the ramparts of Red Fort . Last year , too , he had made the  similar point stressing that the  bullets and abuses cannot resolve the issues , demonstrating his unwavering commitment to resolve the problem through the peaceful means  rather trhan confronting that with the use of unacceptable means.

Every problem in Jammu and Kashmir can be solved by embracing its people, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, using his Independence Day speech to reach out to the militancy-affected region.

“Whether it is of Ladakh or Jammu or Kashmir Valley, there should be balanced and equal development. All expectations of the people there should be fulfilled, infrastructure should be strengthened and we should walk with everyone. We don’t want to move in the path of guns and abuse,” he said.

“Atalji called for ‘insaniyat’ (humanity), ‘Kashmiriat’ (Kashmiri culture) and ‘jamhooriyat’ (democracy). I also said that the issues in Kashmir can be resolved by embracing the people of Kashmir,” he said at the Red Fort

Modi said Jammu and Kashmir, which is under Governor’s Rule, will hold panchayat and local body elections. He did not say when.

Jammu and Kashmir plunged into political crisis on June 19 when the Bharatiya Janata Party ended its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party, forcing chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to resign and paving the way for the state to come under direct Central rule to be overseen by governor NN Vohra.