Jammu and Kashmir will be given full state status at the appropriate time: Home Minister Amit Shah

The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, 2021) passed the Lok Sabha on Saturday. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said in the Lok Sabha that the Jammu Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill has no relation with the state status and that Jammu and Kashmir will be given full state status when the appropriate time comes. Responding to the discussion in the Lok Sabha on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, 2021, Shah said that nowhere in this bill has it been written that this will not give statehood to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Home Minister said that I again say that this bill has no relation with the state status of Jammu and Kashmir. The state will be given state status at an appropriate time. Responding to the allegation of restoring 4G internet facilities under pressure, Shah said that Asaduddin Owaisi ji said that 2G to 4G internet service was implemented under pressure from foreigners. He is not aware that it was not the UPA government he supported. It is Narendra Modi’s government, which makes decisions for the country.

He said that it was said here that what happened to the promises made during the removal of article 370? I will answer that, but I want to ask that it has been only 17 months since article 370 has been removed, what have you done to bring 70 years? He said that under whose pressure did Section 370 continue for so long? You ask for the account in 17 months, why did not you ask for the account when the temporary section 370 lasted for 70 years? The provisional provision was not uprooted, because vote bank politics had to be done.

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Shah said that those who had the opportunity to rule the country for generations, look in their hands and see if you deserve to ask us for 17 months account. The Home Minister said that I want to tell this House once again that please understand the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Do not make any statement to do politics that misleads the public. The Home Minister said that the official officers also divide into Hindu-Muslim. Can a Muslim officer not serve the Hindu people or a Hindu officer cannot serve the Muslim people? He said that the officers divide Hindus and Muslims and call themselves secular.

Significantly, AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi had accused the number of Muslim officers in Jammu and Kashmir of decreasing population by population. Owaisi alleged that Article 370 was unconstitutionally abolished. He said that the Home Minister had said in the House that the status of full state of Jammu and Kashmir will be restored soon, but it is clear from this bill that he is not going to give it full state status. This means that his talk has proved to be just a jumla. Owaisi asked whether the government would restore full statehood.

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