The special plane carrying the prime minister landed at the technical area of Jammu airport around 11 am.
The Prime Minister extended his greetings for the upcoming festival of Eid.
He was speaking here at the birth centenary of late Congress leader Girdhari Lal Dogra, who was Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s father-in-law.
Paying tribute to Late Shri Girdhari Lal Dogra, the Prime Minister said that he came into public life with an inspiration of patriotism.
Modi said public life can not run by judging a person on the basis of his political party, ideology or leadership.
However, taking a jibe at Mr Vadra without naming him, the Prime Minister smiled and said, sab jaante hein, aaj kal log damadon ke bare mein kaisi-kaisi baatein karte hein, (everyone knows, what people speak of sons-in-law now-a-days). He said all political leaders of the past deserve our respect, because they worked for the betterment of our nation.
The PM also took the opportunity to disapprove political untouchability, saying the national heritage should not be divided and all leaders who have worked and died for the nation should be given equal regard irrespective of their ideologies and affiliations.
“We have covered all the areas near the venue, the police and other security agencies have sanitised the area and personnel have been deployed on all the high-rise buildings in and around the venue”, he said.
Jammu: Be it a rally or a birthday celebration, political leaders do not miss a chance to take jibes at each other.
It was expected that Modi would announce a multi-crore development package for Jammu and Kashmir but no such announcement has been made yet.
He said that Dogra was one of the tallest leaders of his time who rose from a humble background to contribute to the establishment of democracy and work for promotion of peace and harmony in the state, said Azad.
He said there should not be any “political untouchability” and as it is important to carry forward the country’s legacy.