New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday moved a statutory resolution in the Lok Sabha to extend the President’s rule under article 356 in Jammu and Kashmir for six more months, from July 3, 2019. Shah stated that the President’s rule is important to maintain law and order in the state.
This was 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. While tabling the resolution, Shah said the elections in the state cannot take place now, one reason being the upcoming Amarnath Yatra.
“It is not possible to hold elections in Jammu and Kashmir now. The Election Commission has decided to conduct the elections by the year end. For the past several decades, the elections have not taken place in the state during these months,” Shah asserted.
Furthermore, he said that during the Governor’s Rule and later President’s Rule, the government has hit at the roots of terrorism. The state has seen bloodshed in previous elections, but things have changed, he told the House.
He added,”We are monitoring the situation in Jammu & Kashmir. Construction of bunkers in border areas will be done within time limit set by the previous home minister Rajnath Singh Ji. Life of every individual is important to us.”
J&K Reservation Bill Introduced
Besides, the Home Minister also introduced J&K Reservation Bill in Lok Sabha. He said, “This bill is not to please anyone but for those living near the International Border.”
The Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier cleared the decks for approval of the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019. It was also approved by President Ram Nath Kovind.
It provides for amendments in the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 to bringing persons residing in the areas adjoining International Border within the ambit of reservation at par with persons living in areas adjoining Actual Line of Control (ALoC). The bill is aimed at replacing the ordinance to provide 10% reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) in Jammu and Kashmir.
Congress Slams BJP
Speaking in Lok Sabha over the extension of President’s rule in J&K, veteran Congress leader Manish Tewari said, “Today situation is such that we have to extend President’s rule in Jammu & Kashmir every 6 months, its roots are in the alliance of PDP & BJP in 2015.”
“If you have a tough policy against terrorism, we don’t oppose it, but there is a need to keep in mind that the fight against terrorism can only be won if people are with you,” Tewari added.