Article 370 was a hurdle for development of Kashmir: Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday Article 370 was a hurdle for the development of Jammu & Kashmir.

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Indian premier made these remarks during a speech on the state broadcaster, he added that “I want to tell the people of Jammu and Kashmir that your representatives will come from amongst you.”

“The democracy in our nation is so strong but you will be surprised to know that in J&K there are thousands of people who could not vote in elections or contest them,” he said.

“We have tried to bring a new and different work culture in Jammu and Kashmir. Projects blocked for decades have been expedited.”

“The J&K administration has been in touch with the Centre since Governor’s Rule was imposed in the state.”

“The central government has along with revoking Article 370 has decided to put it under the governance of the Central government. This decision has been taken after careful consideration.”

“During elections, SC, ST and individuals from other backward communities in other regions would enjoy special benefits but the same did not happen in Jammu and Kashmir.”

“In the last 3 decades, almost 42,000 innocent people lost their lives. This figure would bring tears to anyone’s eyes.”

“Article 370 and Article 35A gave only separatism, nepotism and corruption to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The harm Article 370 did to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh was never discussed. A new era has begun in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh. We have taken this decision as a family,” he further added.

The Indian government on Monday rushed through a presidential decree to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special status to Indian occupied Kashmir, as tensions rise in the disputed valley with unprecedented numbers of Indian troops deployed in the region.

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