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Says if Congress jailed Sheikh Abdullah for 11 years, why heads are frowning now
Amit Shah hints at continuing detention of political leaders in Kashmir
10/22/2019 11:43:20 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Oct 22: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the return of then statehood to Jammu and Kashmir shall be directly dependent upon the circumstances and peoples' cooperation and that as soon as the centre deems situation is normal, it will give Jammu and Kashmir its statehood back.
Shah, who played a crucial role in scrapping Article 35-A and Article 370 on August 5 this year said in an interview with the new Delhi based news channel that it was due to the law and order situation that Jammu and Kashmir was turned into a Union Territory and that it will be now dependent upon the people that how they cooperate so that we could make it a state again.
He further while commenting upon the recent developments in which the decision of scrapping Article 370 was challenged in the Supreme Court, said that the decision will pass the legal scrutiny in more ways than one.
Shah added that since the time when the bill for scrapping Jammu and Kashmir's special status was in its inception, he remained actively involved and the bill was passed while completely taking into account constitutional and legal principles. According to him, the bill will pass the legal scrutiny in the Supreme Court.
On Aug. 5, this year, authorities sealed roads, deployed troops on the streets, and cut communication lines to block phones and the internet in Kashmir.
Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a curfew in many parts of the state after amending the law to take away its autonomy and statehood. Many viewed it as pre-emptive move to check protests in the restive region.
More than 4,000 people, including politicians of opposition groups, human rights activists and separatists, have been detained.
Schools, universities, colleges and government offices remained all shut. The government's attempts to reopen schools failed as parents are reluctant to send their children to school due to the wave of uncertainty.
Shah in his interview however didn't comment in detail about incarceration of the political leaders in the state, stating that there apprehensions that those who had been detained could incite people for violence and disrupt public order. He also cited the example of NC Founder Sheikh Abdullah, stating that it was Congress government that jailed Sheikh Abdullah for no less than 11 long years. According to Shah, the BJP government should not be blamed for doing anything unconstitutional as every thing was being done to maintain peace and calm in Kashmir.
Pertinently, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav also in his address in Srinagar on Oct 20, this year didnt hint that the political leaders detained by the government will be released anytime soon. He even claimed that the people are happy with the detention of these leaders and want the government not to release them any sooner . He also maintained that no demand except the return of the statehood should be raised in the state as the government after accessing the situation could give Jammu and Kashmir its statehood back.
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