Srinagar- Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the centre will not take long to restore statehood to Jammu and Kashmir which was bifurcated into two union territories on August 5, 2019.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has committed Statehood to Jammu and Kashmir. I have also stated this on the floor of Parliament. We won’t go back from our promise. It (restoration of Statehood to J&K) won’t take too long,” Shah said in an interview to CNN News 18 Network.
The home minister said law and order in Jammu and Kashmir is normal now even though there was a challenge due to the COVID-19 situation.
He said that next 5-6 months would see a major development as Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha is taking development to grass-roots level.
“(New Lieutenant Governor) Manoj Sinha ji is there now and he will ensure that development reaches the last man. You will see major development there in 5-6 months,” he said.
Shah also asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi to publicly endorse party leader and former home minister P Chidambaram’s statement that the special status of Jammu and Kashmir should be restored.
Shah said the Modi government is fully alert towards securing each inch of the country’s land and no one can take it away.
Shah also said the government is taking all possible military and diplomatic steps to resolve the standoff in Ladakh with China.
“We are vigilant for every inch of our land, no one can take it away…Our defence forces and leadership are capable of defending the country’s sovereignty and border,” he told CNN News18 when asked about the current standoff with China in Ladakh.
The home minister also said that the government is committed to protecting the sovereignty and security of the country.
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