On his first trip to J&K after being sworn in as a prime minister for the third time, Narendra Modi assured that the Union Territory will get back its statehood soon. Speaking at an event, ‘Empowering Youth, Transforming J&K’, he also said the changes in the union territory reflects the work done by the BJP during its last 10 years at the Centre. Modi is on a two-day tour in the Union Territory and he will lead the 10th International Day of Yoga (IDY) celebrations in Srinagar tomorrow.

Assembly elections are due in Jammu and Kashmir this year and PM Modi’s first visit after forming his third government assumes significance in this backdrop. Since 2018, Jammu and Kashmir has not had an Assembly and Governor’s Rule was imposed after the BJP ended its alliance with PDP.

The 10th International Day of Yoga will be celebrated at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) on the banks of Dal Lake. PM Modi will perform yoga there on Friday and deliver a speech and in the wake of his visit, security has been tightened in the valley. Srinagar has been declared a ‘temporary red zone’, banning any operation of drones and quadcopters in the area.

In his visit he will distribute appointment letters to 2000 people recently appointed in government service.