Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asserted that his government neither nurses problems nor keeps them pending and referred to the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, saying 'India now is one nation with one constitution.'
Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 73rd Independence Day, PM Modi spoke against separatism, dynastism, discrimination, and corruption in Jammu and Kashmir. He said: "Something that wasn't being done in last 70 years, the new government was able to achieve it in 70 days. Within 70 days of coming in power - Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha passed the abrogation of Article 370 with 2/3rd majority. This only means one thing that everyone had it in their minds but everyone wondered who will come ahead and initiate it. I had no selfish motive in this, I am only here to fulfill my duties and responsibilities of the people. Main aapka kaam karne aaya hoon."
He further said: "70 saal har kisine kuch na kuch prayaas kiya but didn't get desired results. Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh ke logo ki aakankshein poori ho, unke sapno ko pankh milein - ye hum sab ki jimmedari hai (It is everyone's responsibility to fulfill the expectations and dreams of people living in J&K, Ladakh). In last 70 years, in vyasthao ne algaawad ko bal diya hai, aatankwaad ko janm diya hai aur parivaarwaad ko posa hai aur ek prakar se brashtachaar aur bhed bhaav ki neev ko mazbooti dene ka kaam kiya hai."
PM Modi stressed on the fact that people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh should be entitled to political rights. "People in Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh should get the political rights. This nation has given them the freedom. Tribals should also get equal rights in the state." He also mentions ethnic groups like Gujjars, Bakerwals , Gaddi, Sippi, and says that everyone should get the political rights they deserve. Speaking of the safai karamcharis in J&K he said “Their dreams were shattered but we have given them the due freedom now. "
Post-separation, lakhs/crores of people came to India, but those who settled in J&K, didn't get any fundamental/political rights that the rest of the country got. He concluded by saying, "Jammu & Kashmir has the potential to contribute in the overall growth of the country."