Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressed the Lok Sabha on Saturday and assured the House that Jammu and Kashmir would get back its “statehood at an appropriate time”.
Amit Shah was speaking on the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in Lok Sabha, when he said that many MPs have raised doubts over Jammu and Kashmir getting back its statehood.
“Many MPs said that bringing Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 means J&K won’t get statehood. I am piloting the Bill, I brought it. I have clarified the intentions. Nowhere it’s written that J&K won’t get statehood. Where are you drawing conclusion from,” Amit Shah asked the Opposition.
He further added, “I have said in this House and I say it again that this Bill has got nothing to do with the statehood of Jammu & Kashmir. Statehood would be given to Jammu & Kashmir at an appropriate time.”
J&K Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021
The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced and passed in the Lok Sabha on Saturday. Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said the government was working to take Jammu and Kashmir on the path to development.
Reddu said around 170 central laws are being implemented in Jammu and Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution that gave a special status to the erstwhile state.
Congress MPs launched an attack on the Modi government as the Bill was placed in Lok Sabha. Raising objections on the bill, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asked “what was the need to bring an ordinance for this?”.
“Our point of contention is loud and clear,” Adhir Ranjan said, adding that after abrogating Article 370, the government showed a “dream” to the people that they would “make heaven” in Jammu and Kashmir and create jobs there but in reality “businesses of Rs 9,000 crore were finished”.
Amit Shah hit back at the Congress and said, “We were asked what did we do about the promises made during the abrogation of Article 370. It has been 17 months since the abrogation and you are demanding accountability for it. Did you bring the account of what you did for 70 years? Had you worked properly, you need not have asked us.”
Amit Shah further said that his ministry will give an account of the work done since the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019.
“I have no objection, I will give an account for everything. But those who were given the opportunity to govern for generations should look within if they are even fit to demand an account,” said Amit Shah.