Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said Article 370 of the Constitution that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir is only a temporary provision and not a permanent one. He said this in the Lok Sabha.
He was responding to the Opposition’s argument that Jammu and Kashmir can’t be treated like other states because Article 370 gives it a special status. To this, Amit Shah said one must remember that Article 370 of the Constitution is “temporary in nature” and “not permanent”.
Scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution has been one of the pet issues that have repeatedly been mentioned in BJP’s election manifestos.
Shah was participating in a debate to extend the President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir. Later, the House passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019, to replace an ordinance issued by the previous government.
In his speech, Amit Shah also said that assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held in a democratic, free and fair manner as soon as the Election Commission announces the dates.
People living along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir will get benefits of reservation in direct recruitment, promotion and admission in professional courses on par with those living along the Actual Line of Control (ALoC), according to the bill.