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J&K resolution approved in Rajya Sabha, Amit Shah replies in House

The Upper House of the nation has approved the resolution on Jammu and Kashmir which seeks to abrogate Article 370 and change the statehood of the region. The resolution has now transformed the former state into two Union territories. Home Minister Amit Shah laid the resolution in the house for a discussion on Monday.

Amit Shah repeatedly told the parliament that Article 370 was the biggest obstacle in the development of the erstwhile state. Due to the provisions under Article 370, various acts of the Indian government were not applied on Jammu and Kashmir. The Article gave the special status of temporary nature to the valley state, which was a cause of corruption and slow development, said Amit Shah.

The decision of Modi government to revoke Article 370 and Article 35A has not gone down well with some of the opposition members. Therefore, they iterated the narratives of Kosovo and Palestine stories. Though Amit Shah has allayed their fears and assured that such a thing will not happen, Congress has moved the amendment notice opposing the resolution.

Amit Shah told that the provision of Article 370 was of temporary nature and he asked to throw it away since its been a hindrance to the development of the region. He further mentioned that the region will receive its statehood back after the normalcy returns to it.

Amit Shah speaking to the house, explained how the current status of Jammu and Kashmir is hurting the region’s growth and the aspirations of the Kashmiri population. He told that due to 370, Right to Education was not applicable to the state. The Industries could not be set up in the state. The real estate sector could not grow because of the fact that outsiders were not allowed to purchase properties in the region.

The Bill to reorganize the state was passed with 125 votes in favor while 61 votes against the resolution. Rajya Sabha also approved the bill to extend 10 percent Econimclly weaker section quota reservation to the state.

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