Article 370 gave J-K separatism, terrorism: Indian PM, hails revocation 'historic'


New Delhi, Aug. 8: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his government has taken a "historic" decision on Jammu and Kashmir by revoking Article 370, which has not give anything except separatism, corruption, terrorism and family rule. 

In his televised address to the nation, Modi said a new era has begun in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

He said no one has been able to justify how the Article 370 and Article 35A was benefitting people of the state. These provisions did not give anything except separatism, corruption, terrorism and family rule, Modi said.  

Highlights of the address:

"I congratulate people of J&K, Ladakh and the country. A new era has begun in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh."

"We have taken a historic decision on Jammu and Kashmir."  

Article 370 and Article 35 (A) did not give anything except separatism, corruption, terrorism and family rule, says PM Modi.

"Pakistan used Article 370 as a tool to spread terrorism; over 42,000 people died."

Over 1.5 crore people of Jammu and Kashmir were being denied benefits of legislations meant for the entire country: PM.

It was a dream of Sardar Patel, S P Mookerjee, B R Ambedkar and Atal Bihari Vajpayee and crores of people: PM Modi on govt's decision on J and K. 

"State government employees, including police, will soon get benefits on par with employees of other Union Territories." 

Your representative will be elected by you and from among you: PM to people of J-K. 

"All vacant posts in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will be filled, creating employment opportunities." 

Impact of good governance and development is now visible in J&K under central administration, says PM.

I am giving assurance that you will get opportunity to elect your representatives in a transparent way: PM to people of J and K. 

Decades of dynastic politics deprived youth in Jammu and Kashmir of leadership opportunities: PM.

"We will rid Jammu and Kashmir of terrorism and separatism under new measures."

Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh have the potential to become world's most popular tourist destination: PM. 

"I am confident that people of Jammu and Kashmir will defeat separatism with new energy and new hope."

"As J and K will see more and more development, I do not think it will remain Union Territory for long. Ladakh will remain UT,"  says PM. Agencies

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