The Ministry of Home Affairs has refuted a Reuters report on protests in Kashmir due to abrogation of Article 370.
In a statement, an MHA spokesperson said that the reports of protest involving 10,000 people in Srinagar was completely incorrect.
The spokesperson in a tweet said. There are media reports claiming there was a protest involving 10,000 people in Srinagar. This is completely fabricated and incorrect. There have been a few stray protests in Srinagar/Baramulla and none involved a crowd of more than 20 people”.
A news report originally published in Reuters and appeared in Dawn claims there was a protest involving 10000 people in Srinagar.
This is completely fabricated & incorrect. There have been a few stray protests in Srinagar/Baramulla and none involved a crowd of more than 20 ppl.
Prime Minister said decades of dynastic politics in Jammu and Kashmir deprived the youth of the opportunity to lead from the front. He said, now the youth of Jammu and Kashmir will lead the development and take it to a new height. He urged the youth, the sisters and daughters of the region, to take charge of the development of their area. Mr. Modi said the government had to take certain steps in Jammu and Kashmir for precaution and people have been understanding.
PM Modi said the decision to keep Jammu and Kashmir directly under Central administration for a brief period was a well-thought decision. Since Governor rule was implemented in the region, the state administration has been directly in touch with the Centre due to which the effects of good governance can be seen on the ground. Mr. Modi expressed confidence that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will achieve their goals with renewed vigor in an environment of good governance and transparency.
He said Ladakh has the potential to become the biggest center of Spiritual, Adventure, and Eco-tourism. He said Ladakh can also become a major center of solar power generation. The Prime Minister said, now there will be the proper use of its potential and new opportunities will be created for development without discrimination. He said, innovative spirit of the Ladakh youth will get a boost and they will get better institutions for good education. He said people of the region will get good hospitals and infrastructure will be further modernized.
The Prime Minister said the government is ensuring that people of Jammu and Kashmir don’t face any problem in eid celebration. He said, the government is extending all possible help to people living outside Jammu and Kashmir and want to return home on Eid.
He said the decision will support the economic progress of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as well as the whole of India. When peace and prosperity prevail in this important part of the world, the efforts of world peace will naturally be strengthened. The Prime Minister called all to move forward to build a new Jammu and Kashmir and new Ladakh with the new India.
In view of Centre’s historic resolution for abrogating Article 370 and reorganization of J&K state, security has been tightened in the state and across the country…Here’s a roundup.
After centre’s historic move to revoke Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, all security forces formations in the country have been put on ‘high alert’.
To keep the situation under control in J&K, the Union Home Ministry has directed all Central Armed Police Forces and central security agencies to take necessary precautions and step up protection of their campuses and movements by issuing specific advisories.
Amid massive protests by the opposition in parliament and parties in Jammu and Kashmir, thousands of paramilitary troops have been airlifted and moved in from Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Assam and other parts of the country to the Kashmir valley.
Apart from that, section 144 has been imposed in parts of J&K including Jammu and Srinagar. Schools and colleges have been shut until further notice by the centre. In an advisory issued by the centre, it has requested that all requisite measures may be taken to ensure that peace and communal amity is maintained in across the country.
The advisory also said that suitable instructions should be issued to law enforcement agencies to maintain vigil against circulation of false, unverified news, rumours, and unscrupulous messages on social media aimed at disturbing peace or inciting violence.
The government on Monday revoked Article 370 to take away Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and proposed the bifurcation of the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. The resolutions in this regard were adopted by the Rajya Sabha.
The Upper House also passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill, 2019 by voice vote. The Bill seeks to make Jammu and Kashmir a Union Territory with the legislature and Ladakh Union Territory without legislature.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill 2019 has provisions of 10 percent reservation for Economically Weaker Sections of upper caste in the state was also passed by the Rajya Sabha.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the decision in the Rajya Sabha, which approved both the resolution and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill.
Both will now come up in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
According to the resolution moved by the Home minister, Article 370 ceases to be operative from Monday itself.
“The president on the recommendation of Parliament is pleased to declare as from 5th of August 2019, all clauses of the said Article 370 shall cease to be operative…,” the resolution stated.
Amit Shah also moved a bill proposing bifurcation of J-K into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir division and Ladakh.
Home Minister said the union territory in Ladakh will have no legislature like Chandigarh. The other union territory of Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature like Delhi and Puducherry, where key subjects like law and order are with the Centre.
Replying to debate on the bills and resolutions, Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that scrapping of Article 370 will benefit all sections of society in Jammu and Kashmir and bring development and check terrorism.
Amit Shah said, development of the state could not be possible due to this Article and asked the people for five years to make J&K the most developed state in India.
He said Article 370 was the root of all the evils, corruption, and poverty and the main cause of terrorism in the valley. He said terrorism cannot be rooted out from the state without scrapping the Article. He said, it is because of this that democracy was never fully implemented, and corruption increased in the state.
The Minister assured that Jammu and Kashmir will go back to being a state from Union Territory as soon as the situation is normal in the Valley.
Amit Shah stated that Article 370 was meant to be temporary but the previous governments did not dare to remove it due to vote bank politics. The Minister said, over 41,000 people of the state were killed in the last two decades.
He said BJP has always believed that Article 370 is not in the favor of people of Jammu and Kashmir. The Minister said, only three families of the state were using it to further their own interests.
Earlier, opposing the move, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that by bringing this Bill, NDA government has disintegrated the integration which had occurred in the past 20 to 30 years. He said it would be what he called a dark day in India’s history.
Other Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and P Chidambaram also hit out at the government saying it will have adverse consequences in the future. Derek O’Brien of Trinamool Congress said the move is unconstitutional. He said it is a Black day for Parliamentary democracy.
DMK’s Tiruchi Siva questioned the urgency of bringing the Bill when the elected government is not there. He said the decision should have been taken only after consulting the state legislation.
Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party also questioned the government’s move. He said it is a decision taken in a hurry. Binoy Viswam of CPI and TK Rangarajan of CPI(M) also opposed the move. Protesting against it, JD(U) and TMC staged a walkout.
On the other hand, TDP’s K Ravindra Kumar supported the Bill saying this will lead to development and employment opportunities in Jammu and Kashmir. Supporting the Bill, Aam Aadmi Party’s Sushil Kumar Gupta said this will bring peace in Kashmir and development in the Valley will take place.
Bahujan Samaj Party leader Satish Chandra Mishra said his party is supporting the government’s bill on removing Article 370 in the Rajya Sabha.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has praised Home Minister Amit Shah’s speech in Rajya Sabha today on Jammu and Kashmir. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, Shah accurately highlighted the monumental injustices of the past and coherently presented the government’s vision for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Sharing the Home Minister’s speech on his Twitter handle, Modi said, the views put forth by Shah were extensive and insightful.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, due to Article 370, people of Kashmir were not able to avail many benefits which citizens of other parts of the country are getting.
In a series of tweets, Javadekar said, the government wants to provide all opportunities for development to the people of Kashmir like in other parts of the country.
He said, the people of Kashmir want better education, development, and peace in the state.
The minister said, abolishing Article 370 is a historic step for the nation which will result at the beginning of massive development in the state. The government’s move on Article 370, said senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, is a monumental decision towards national integration. His party colleague Ram Madhav also hailed the decision.
“What a glorious day. Finally, the martyrdom of thousands starting with Dr. Shyam Prasad Mukherjee for complete integration of J&K into Indian Union is being honored and the seven-decade-old demand of the entire nation being realized in front of our eyes; in our lifetime…,” he tweeted.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the government’s decisions on Jammu and Kashmir are “brave” and “very necessary” for the interest of the country, including Jammu and Kashmir.
Celebrations broke out the Shiv Sena headquarters in Mumbai’s Dadar area. Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray dubbing it as a “moment of pride” and a “historic day” for the country.
Senior officials of Ministry of External Affairs briefed the envoys of several countries, including P5 nations, in New Delhi on proposals related to Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and administrative reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir that were introduced in Parliament on Monday.
According to reports, External Affairs Ministry said, during the meeting it was, inter alia, highlighted that the proposals currently under consideration of the Parliament are internal to India.
These are aimed at providing good governance, social justice and economic development in Jammu and Kashmir.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon BJP MPs to shun any negativity and work with a positive mindset so as to win over even those who did not vote for the party.
In his address at the concluding session of the 2-day training programme for over 380 party lawmakers in New Delhi on Sunday, the Prime Minister also referred to the next Lok Sabha election, scheduled for 2024, and told them to nurse their constituencies in a way that they can retain them on their strength of their work and conduct.
Other senior leaders of the party including Rajnath Singh and Vinay Sahstrubudhe also addressed the training session.
The training session was aimed at instilling discipline among MPs and sensitizing them on their conduct inside and outside Parliament.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon BJP MPs to work closely with party workers. According to sources, the Prime Minister while addressing BJP parliamentarians on day one of the two day training session, said that MPs should be in constant touch with party workers in their constituencies.
He added that MPs should work to ensure that progress in development projects. Addressing the inaugural session, BJP President Amit Shah said the parliament session so far has been very productive.
He added that during the session MPs should raise issues related to their parliamentary constituencies.
During the session, working president of BJP, J. P. Nadda spoke on “New India” and BJP’s ideology.
BJP President Amit Shah will address party MPs in the evening. Prime Minister Modi will address the concluding session of the ‘Abhyas Varg’.
Organised at Parliament Library Building, the training programme is aimed at instilling professionalism and discipline among BJP MPs and suggesting ways to conduct themselves in Parliament and outside it.