New Delhi: Assuring that the special status of northeastern states guaranteed under Article 371 in the Indian constitution won’t be scrapped ever, Union home minister Amit Shah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi integrated northeast with the rest of India. “When we seek votes in 2024, the Northeast will have been free from problems like militancy, inter-state strife,” Shah said as he was in Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of the statehood day. Arunachal Pradesh attained its statehood on February 20, 1987. In 1972, it became a Union Territory and was named Arunachal Pradesh. Before that, it was known as the North-East Frontier Agency. Also Read - ‘Will Work Together For Development of Delhi,' Says Kejriwal After Meeting Amit Shah
“The northeast only geographically united with rest of India before 2014. The real integration happened only under the Modi government. Modi govt wants the whole of NE to be free of problems– militancy, inter-state conflicts over boundaries,” the Union minister said. Also Read - Kejriwal to Meet Amit Shah Today, First Time Since Delhi Win
Talking about the abrogation of Article 370, he said, “Misinformation spread after the abrogation of Article 370 that Article 371 will also be scrapped. It will never happen.” Under Article 371H – the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh shall have a special responsibility with respect to law and order in the State of Arunachal Pradesh and in the discharge of his functions in relation thereto, the Governor shall, after consulting the Council of Ministers, exercise his individual judgment as to the action to be taken. The Legislative Assembly of the State of Arunachal Pradesh shall consist of not less than thirty members, according to Article 371 H. Also Read - Centre Will Not Touch Article 371 Which Grants Special Provisions to North East: Union Home Minister Amit Shah
Meanwhile, China, which claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of south Tibet, has objected to Home Minister Amit Shah’s Arunachal visit, saying it is “firmly opposed” to his trip as it violated Beijing’s “territorial sovereignty and sabotaged political mutual trust”. “China’s position on the eastern sector of the China-India boundary, or the southern part of China’s Tibet region, is consistent and clear,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told online media briefing here on Thursday while replying to a question.
“The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ and is firmly opposed to the Indian politician’s visit to the southern part of China’s Tibet region as it violated China’s territorial sovereignty, undermined stability of the border area, sabotaged political mutual trust, and violated relevant bilateral agreement,” he said.
(With PTI Inputs)