JAMMU, Aug 9: Bhartiya Janta Party Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi rewrote history on 5 August 2019 by revoking Article 370 and 35 A, thereby making Jammu & Kashmir an integral part of India in real sense.
This was stated by J&K BJP spokesperson Y V Sharma in a statement issued today. “On Aug 5, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did that job which previous Governments even did not dare to think despite the fact that Article 370 and 35 A were temporary provisions in the Constitution of India,” he added.
Sharma said that the provisions facilitated by the Article 35A and the permanent resident laws of erstwhile J&K state had been criticized over the years for their discriminatory nature, including the hardships imposed on immigrant workers, refugees from West Pakistan, and the erstwhile State’s own female residents, who could lose their permanent resident status by marrying out of state.
“The abrogation of Article 370 and nullifying the ill effects of Article 35A required a steely resolve and a firm political will which was absent for the past 72 years. Due to the ill effects of Articles 370 and 35A, J&K could not be fully integrated with India even after 72 years of freedom, and discrimination was writ large. The continuance of Article 370 was an impediment in eradicating terrorism. Pakistan used Article 370 as a weapon. Due to this, in the past three decades almost 42,000 innocent people lost their lives,” he added.
Sharma said separate constitution, separate flag and separate identity of the State were fully exploited by the mainstream political parties of the Valley, the separatists and a rogue nation like Pakistan. Meticulous planning and ideological clarity on the part of Home Minister Amit Shah paved the way for this historic decision, correcting the historical blunder committed by the Congress Government.