Jammu & Kashmir

Our party ‘duty-bound to honour promise made in parliament to restore statehood’ of JK, says Amit Shah

New Delhi: Stating that his party is duty-bound to fulfil its promises made in the parliament, the country’s Home Minister Amit Shah has said that his party will not take much time to restore the statehood of JK.

“We cannot say anything about the time limit within which we will do it [restore the statehood]. But I have said on the floor of the Parliament, so has the Prime Minister, that statehood will be restored. There is no question of going back on this promise. I don’t think a lot of time will be spent on this but our priority at the moment was on fast-tracking development in the valley,” News 18 quoted Shah as having said.

Shah also said that there was “no question” of going back on the promise of restoring statehood to the Jammu and Kashmir.

He also said that although the Congress had made its stance – of being against the abrogation of Article 370 – clear in Parliament, it was necessary for the party leadership to give clarity on the issue.

“I think Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should officially endorse this statement so that the people of India know [where they stand]…The president of their party should come clean on this,” Shah said in an exclusive interview with News 18 editor-in-chief Rahul Joshi.

Earlier, the Congress leader Chidambaram had in a series of tweets said that his party “resolutely” stood for the restoration of the status and rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and that the “arbitrary and unconstitutional” decisions of the Modi government made on August 5, 2019, must be rescinded.

His comments came shortly after a joint declaration by the ‘Gupkar Declaration’ to fight for the restoration of special status.

The Home Minister said that as far as law and order situation was concerned, the situation in Kashmir was now “normal”. On the issue of restoration of statehood to the union territory, Shah said that his government was “duty-bound” to honour the promise that he had made on the floor of the Parliament.

 

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