Amit Shah, advocating the normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, put forth specific statistics of the various sectors and situations in the valley to back his claims. Addressing the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Home Minister asserted that the education, banking, health, government institutions are smoothly functioning in the valley. Further, said that the internet facilities will be restored in the valley once the authorities fit to do so, citing security concerns.
Presenting the statistics in the Rajya Sabha, Shah opined that while the internet is crucial for communication, but the 'priority of the government is to fight against terrorism,' and reiterated the normalcy claim. Shah said, "Internet in today's time is vital for communication, and it should be started as soon as possible. I would like to say, in the entire country, mobiles came in the late 90s. In 2003, the BJP government got mobile phones in Kashmir for the first time, even the internet was stopped for a long time and in 2002 it was started."
"It is right that it is needed for communication, but when it comes to the security of India and the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and in a fight against terrorism, we have to decide the priority. Whenever the administration allows, we will consider it. The situation is normal there," Home Minister said while presenting the statistics in the Rajya Sabha.
Attacking the government over the detention of sitting Lok Sabha MP Farooq Abdullah, opposition members on Monday termed the National Conference leader's detention as illegal and demanded that he be allowed to attend the House. Opposition leaders also raised the issue of MPs not being allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of its special status, whereas parliamentarians from Europe have been taken to the state.
The Speaker said when Home Minister Amit Shah informed the House in the previous session that Abdullah was not under detention, he was correct. The written information of his detention was received later by the Lok Sabha secretariat.