Kashmir on way to development after Art 370 revocation: Shah

Ahmedabad: (PTI) With less than a week for the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, to take effect, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday reiterated “not a single bullet has been fired nor a death reported in Kashmir” since the abrogation of Article 370 in the restive region.
The move had also led to militants starting to count their final days, he claimed while addressing a gathering here.
“I would like to assure you the removal of (Articles)
370 and 35 (A) has paved the way for Kashmir’s development. And with this, terrorists in Kashmir have started counting their final days.
“Congress leaders said in Parliament there will be
bloodshed. I would like to tell them, nothing has happened. Neither a bullet has been fired, nor a death reported. Kashmir is peacefully on its path to development,” he said.
He said removal of Article 370 and 35 (A) had helped
Kashmir forever unite with India, and the move was a way to fulfill dream of late Sardar Patel, the first Home Minister of India.
He said Sardar Patel united princely states into the
Union but Kashmir got left out, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his second term, revoked these articles to complete the dream.
“On August 5 and 6, Narendrabhai removed Articles 370
and 35 A and forever united Kashmir with India,” he said.
Shah went to claim that the 182-metre tall Statue of
Unity, in Gujarat’s Kevadiya, was a way to set right “70 years of insult of the Iron Man of India”.
“When one views the towering statue of Sardar Patel in
Kevadiya, one realises how the insult meted out to Sardar saheb for seventy years has been returned with interest. Today Statue of Unity has become a spot in the country where the largest number of tourists visit,” he said.
Shah said PM Modi would be visiting the memorial again
to administer a pledge of unity.
Heaping praise on the PM for the surgical and air
strikes against Pakistan, the BJP chief
said these acts were to avenge jawans who had fallen to terror bullets as well as to protect the country’s borders.
Modi had made the world realise the importance of the
“opinion of the Indian Prime Minister”, Shah asserted.
Shah was in Ahmedabad and nearby Sanand to inaugurate and lay foundation stones for various development projects and distribute benefits of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Vidhava Yojana to beneficiaries in areas falling in his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency.

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