Jammu: Union minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday said that the people of Kashmir, particularly the youth, have started questioning the separatists who he alleged have acquired "riches overnight".
"The people have begun to understand and raise the question as to which model of struggle from the history of the world is being followed by the so-called freedom fighters of Kashmir," Singh told reporters.
"Is this (Mahatma) Gandhi Model or (Nelson) Mandela Model or King Martin Luther model wherein you (separatists) have privilege of overnight becoming leaders and make overnight fortunes and gathering overnight riches and enjoying all the amenities and facilities of life? he asked.
Singh was replying to a question on the NIA raids and arrest of some separatists.
Taking a swipe at the separatist leaders, the minister said, "You ensure your children are well settled in the most lucrative positions and placed in peaceful areas of India and other parts of the world and at the same time, you instigate poor men's children to become martyrs."
"If that is the model, then it should be Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji model, who sacrificed all his children before asking for the sacrifice of the others' children," he said.
Earlier in the day, the minister reviewed the status of ongoing works under various centrally-sponsored schemes in Udhampur district.
Singh, who paid a day-long visit to Udhampur, held a meeting with district officials. Singh represents Udhampur in the Lok Sabha.
Updated Date: Aug 07, 2017 08:08 AM