AHMEDABAD – With less than a week for the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, to take effect, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday reiterated “not a single bullet has been fired nor a death reported in Kashmir” since the abrogation of Article 370 in the restive region.
The move had also led to militants starting to count their final days, he claimed while addressing a gathering here.
“I would like to assure you the removal of (Articles) 370 and 35 (A) has paved the way for Kashmir’s development. And with this, militants in Kashmir have started counting their final days,” he said.
“Congress leaders said in Parliament there will be bloodshed. I would like to tell them, nothing has happened.Neither a bullet has been fired, nor a death reported. Kashmir is peacefully on its path to development,” he said.
He said removal of Article 370 and 35 (A) had helped Kashmir forever unite with India, and the move was a way to fulfill dream of late Sardar Patel, the first Home Minister of India.
He said Sardar Patel united princely states into the Union but Kashmir got left out, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his second term, revoked these articles to complete the dream.
“On August 5 and 6, Narendra bhai removed Articles 370 and 35 A and forever united Kashmir with India,” he said.
Shah went to claim that the 182-metre tall Statue of Unity, in Gujarat’s Kevadiya, was a way to set right “70 years of insult of the Iron Man of India”.
“When one views the towering statue of Sardar Patel in Kevadiya, one realises how the insult meted out to Sardar saheb for seventy years has been returned with interest. Today Statue of Unity has become a spot in the country where the largest number of tourists visit,” he said.
The J&K Reorganisation Act, which contains provisions to divide the state into two UTs, will come into effect October 31.