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House Approves JK Repeal

Union Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah was happy as the both the Houses of Parliament approved repeal of Article 370 regarding Jammu & Kashmir (J&K).


Replying to the debate, Mr.Shah stated, "I want to state that J&K is an inalienable part of India. There are no two versions about that”. Parliament is the highest and fully competent body to make laws and bring resolutions regarding a state of India including J&K.

There can be no question to this power of the Parliament.
Mr.Shah said that for 70 years, people of India have harbored this aspiration in their hearts that Kashmir must be an integral part of India. Article 370 was the only roadblock to realize this goal. Home Minister thanked the Prime Minister for this historic step to remove this roadblock for ever.
Leader of Main Opposition Party in Lok Sabha raised the issue of how the Centre can take this step unilaterally when Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and when the matter is pending in UN.

To this, Mr.Shah retaliated and challenged the opposition that they must clarify their stand on the floor of the House whether they support UN meditation in Kashmir.The opposition in a way has questioned the competence of the Parliament by raising this point, he stated.
Introducing the resolution on the floor of the House, Mr.Shah said that the House has been witness to many historical moments. Today once again this House is witness to a golden day when we are going to bring J&K truly into India's fold. Now, local representatives would have a voice in the hill councils. The governments would be democratically elected and would run the local government and administration in J&K.
Several members have raised the apprehension about the period for which the Union Territory status will continue for J&K.
Mr.Shah said that regarding Ladakh, it wasa long standing demand. Further he said, “I want to assure the people of J&K that the status of State would be restored once the situation normalises. Secondly, PoK and Aksai Chin are an inalienable part of JK and the seats are still part of the legislature.
J&K would have a Legislative Assembly with elected representatives and it is a misnomer that the administration would be run by the Centre, he assured the House.
Home Minister explained the difference between articles 370 and 371. Article 370 was originally a temporary provision. He informed that because of article 370, the laws of Union of India did not apply to J&K, corruption and terrorism flourished there.
 Article 371 relates to special provisions to special clauses favouring development to backward regions in some states. Why would the Government repeal article 371 and why is the opposition equating articles 370 and 371, he asked.
 Home Minister assured the people of these states that this Government has no intention of repealing article 371.Further, Mr.Shah also classified that Naga Accord and article 370 have no relation and no mistake committed in the past would not be repeated by this Government.
Regarding troop deployment and no internet facilities in J&K currently, Mr.Shah assured that there is no reason other than preventing some nefarious elements from instigating violence in the State and no one can stop the government to take precautionary measures to protect the peace inside the country.
He made it clear that the government would never talk with separatist elements and those who back cross border terrorism. The government would only talk with anyone once they are committed for peace and development in J&K.
Taking on the opposition about the division of erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh, the Home Minister said that the proposal was rejected by the State Assembly by two-thirds majority. Even then the earlier Government went ahead with the division without consulting all political parties.
Mr.Shah said, in the past 70 years over 41,500 people have been killed. Taking on the cross border terrorism, Mr.Shah stated that Pakistan has misused the presence of article 370 to sow the seeds of separatism and terrorism in J&K.
He said J&K is the heaven on earth and Minister assured everyone that it would continue to remain so when all the laws of Union of India become applicable to the state, he said.
The Home Minister appealed to the House to once again ponder on all these points and join hands with the Government to bring the people of J&K in the mainstream of development.
 


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