【Chennai】Abrogation of Article 370 is in the interest of the nation for its future, for security and safety. That's the need of the hour. It is a good thing, said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. "Now that the Bill has been passed, I am free to talk on the issue," he said.
"We should all think in terms of national interest rather than party interest. Article 370 should not be treated as a political issue but treated as a national interest that Kashmir is an integral part of India and whatever problems are there, we should all stand by the future of Kashmir, and assure their feelings and see to it that steps are taken care of restoring normalcy and implementing welfare agenda at the earliest," he said at the release of a book chronicling his two years of office as Vice President.
○Kashmir's special status was scrapped to end 'terrorism,' says Amit Shah
Removal of special status to Jammu & Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution will end terrorism in the valley and help in the progress of the region, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah. "I firmly believed that Article 370 was not beneficial to the country and should be removed," he said.
According to him, the article 370 did not help India and Kashmir. It was to have been scrapped long back. With the scrapping of Article 370, terrorism will end in Kashmir and bring prosperity to the valley. And, it was nice to see Naidu as Chairman of Rajya Sabha when the Bill was passed. Despite the BJP not having a simple majority in the Rajya Sabha, the Bill was first taken up in the Upper House before going to Lok Sabha in which the party has a simple majority. I was a bit sceptical if Article 370 will face ugly scenes in Upper House as witnessed during the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. "However, it was due to efforts of Naidu, who heard all the members on the issue, and made sure that the Bill was passed smoothly," said Shah.
○Donald Trump supplied a quick trigger
【New Delhi】The Union government's moves to extend all provisions of the Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir, stripping away certain special privileges of the State and reorganising it into two Union Territories, were dictated by domestic and international situations. Home Minister Amit Shah had been determined to change the status quo in the State, but U.S. President's statement added a certain urgency to the matter.
According to senior sources in the government, the BJP's ideological imperative of doing away with Article 370 has been always there, but the impetus for it was provided first by Union Home Minister Amit Shah's determination to change the status quo in the State and also events in the past two weeks, after U.S. President Donald Trump publicly said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approached him to play mediator for the dispute in the State.
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