Union Home Minister Amit has said that it would not take the Government of India long to restore the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir.
In an interview to CNN News 18 on Saturday evening, Shah said that he “can’t specify any time, but PM Narendra Modi had spoken about it and even I have said in Parliament that statehood will be given and this is our promise.”
“There is no question of going back on this promise. I don’t think a lot of time will be spent on this but our priority at the moment was on fast-tracking development in the valley,” he added.
Asked about the central government’s roadmap for Kashmir and by when does he think the situation will get normal here, Shah claimed that the situation is already normal.
“As far as law and order is concerned, the situation is normal there. A lot would have happened on the development front but the efforts were hit due to COVID-19,” Shah said.
Amit Shah also said that although Covid-19 had slowed development work and progress in Kashmir, the arrival of the new administrative head of the UT, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, has fast-tracked development.
“We have restarted some infrastructure projects and within the next five months the difference will be visible. COVID had slowed things down there but now fast-paced development is happening.”
When asked about senior Congress leader and former Home Minister P Chidambaram’s recent comment that his party’s stand is that Article 370 should be restored in Kashmir, Shah said that the Congress was against the abrogation of Article 370 even in Parliament.
“But I would like to request Sonia and Rahul Gandhi to endorse Chidambaram’s statement so that the people of the country can know their stand,” he added.
Chidambaram had in a series of tweets said that his party “resolutely” stood for restoration of the status and rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, and that the “arbitrary and unconstitutional” decisions of the Modi government made on August 5, 2019 must be rescinded.
His comments came shortly after a joint declaration by the Gupkar Declaration signatories (now People’s Alliance) to fight for the restoration of Kashmir’s special status.