Jammu and Kashmir to be given statehood: Amit Shah
Published: 07:32 PM, 13 February 2021
Indian Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that the statehood would be given to Jammu and Kashmir at an appropriate time.
"Many MPs said that bringing the bill means that the union territory would not get statehood. I am piloting the Bill, I brought it. I have clarified the intentions," Shah said while replying to the discussion on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill of 2021 in Lok Sabha.
"Nowhere is it written that Jammu and Kashmir would not get the statehood. Where are you drawing the conclusion from? I have said in this House and I say it again that this Bill has got nothing to do with the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir. Statehood would be given to the UT at an appropriate time," he added.
Earlier on Monday, Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad reiterated the Congress party's demand to restore statehood status to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
On August 5, 2019, the BJP government abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. At that time Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two Union Territories. Since then, locals as well as the international community, including India's opposition, have been demanding the restoration of statehood in the region.