A day after the militant strike in Srinagar left eight soldiers dead, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the entire country is standing united against terrorists and they will not succeed in their designs.
"I want to pay my tributes to the soldiers who laid down their lives while fighting the terrorists," Singh said in his speech after inaugurating 850 MW Rattle power project along with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
The Prime Minister said the entire country is standing united against the terrorists. "The terrorists will not succeed in their designs."
Security is a pre-requisite for development, the Prime Minister said as he paid tributes to the soldiers killed in militant strike yesterday, asserting such attacks would not deter efforts to bring normalcy in the state.
Gandhi also condoled the death of army personnel in the militant attack. "Our analysis is that the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has shown considerable improvement.
The terrorist-related violence in 2012 had shown a sharp decline and was the lowest in last two decades," the Prime Minister said.
However, Singh said there was a need to keep a constant vigil to prevent attacks like the one that took place yesterday at Hyderpora.
On the power front, the Prime Minister said the Centre will provide all help to Jammu and Kashmir in overcoming the power shortage and announced several steps in this direction, including additional 150 MW supply from the Northern Grid.
PM also asked people of Jammu and Kashmir to participate more in the electoral process for a better future for the youth, saying that elections reflect true aspirations and hopes.
"Elections express the aspirations and hopes of the people in the true sense. I appeal to the people to participate in this process so that we can together ensure a better future for our younger generations," he said.
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