Amit Shah pilots his first bill in Lok Sabha. It’s on Jammu and Kashmir
Since the state assembly has been dissolved and the Election Commission has decided to hold fresh elections in Jammu and Kashmir later this year, it is essential that the President’s Rule be extended for another six months with effect from July 3, 2019, said Amit ShahUpdated: Jun 28, 2019 13:39 IST
Home Minister Amit Shah Friday moved a statutory resolution in the Lok Sabha to extend President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir for a period of six months.
Moving the resolution, he said since the state assembly has been dissolved and the Election Commission has decided to hold fresh elections in Jammu and Kashmir later this year, it is essential that the President’s Rule be extended for another six months with effect from July 3, 2019.
He said during the Governor’s Rule and later President’s Rule, the government has hit at the roots of terrorism.
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The state has seen bloodshed in previous elections, but things have changed, he told the House.
“ Polls for 40,000 posts were held this time without a single person dying. There was no violence even during the general elections in the state. This shows that law and order is better today in Jammu and Kashmir,” Shah said before adding that the NDA government had conducted polls for more than 4 thousand ‘Panchayats’--going against the norm-- in the state and as a result more than 40 thousand elected village heads are serving the state.
He urged the members to rise above party lines to support the resolution as the President’s rule had benefitted the state in many ways.
Speaking after Shah, Congress MP Manish Tewari opposed the extension and blamed the BJP-PDP government for the worsening of the situation in the state.
“The roots of the reason for seeking 6-month extension for President’s rule in J&K lie in the incompatible government formed by the BJP and PDP alliance.” Tiwari said adding, “Situation in J&K worsened between 2015 and 2018 when the youth of the state took to the streets.”
He said that it was not in India’s interest to not have an elected government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and questioned why assembly polls weren’t held with the peaceful Lok Sabha elections in the state.
This is the first proposal Shah has moved in the Lok Sabha after being appointed as the home minister in the second tenure of the Narendra Modi government.
(With PTI Inputs)
First Published: Jun 28, 2019 12:44 IST