‘It is time to allow J&K full-fledged political activity’
Srinagar: BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav has pitched for restoring high-speed 4G internet in Jammu and Kashmir to pay the people for not “pelting stones and shouting Azadi”.
He said the Constitution allows for the administrative handling of units for some duration under special circumstances.
“Those circumstances have more or less passed in J&K. It is time the UT is allowed full-fledged political activity,” Madhav wrote in The Indian Express.
“Now, Modi and Amit Shah decided to put an end to the ‘uncertainty’ by doing away with Article 370 and Article 35A in letter and spirit. Having lived under the shadow of Article 370 for seven decades, the people of J&K decided to give a new status a chance. That is the reason why the region has been largely quiet in the last nine months,” he wrote.
The BJP leader said the detractors would attribute this calm to the excessive presence of armed forces and arrests of leaders.
“Except for half-a-dozen senior leaders, most politicians have been released. The presence of security forces too has been rolled back significantly. Even then, people are not on the streets pelting stones and shouting Azadi,” Madhav wrote.
“It is time the state administration appreciates this and pays the people handsomely for their openness. Certain harsh measures like denial of 4G services, which were necessary under special circumstances, can now be done away with, as the state administration and security apparatus are capable of handling difficult situations,” Madhav wrote.
Discussing in detail about Article 370 and new domicile rules, Madhav said Modi and Amit Shah decided to put an end to the “uncertainty” by doing away with Article 370 and Article 35A in letter and spirit.
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