Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian community at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France on Friday. Addressing the gathering, PM Modi launched a veiled attack at the previous Congress-led UPA governments which took over 70 years to scrap the 'temporary' -- in a clear reference to the revoking of Article 370 which provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir. In the light of the abrogation of provisions of Article 370, PM Modi said that now, there is no place for "temporary" in India. He said that with reform, transform and provision of 'permanent' facilities, India is moving ahead in achieving its goal. His address received loud cheers from the people of the Indian community.
"There is no place for temporary in India. You must have seen that it took 70 years to remove the temporary. They took 70 years to remove the temporary... I don't understand, should I laugh or cry. Reform, perform, transform and with the provision of permanent facilities, the country has moved ahead and will keep going. It will fulfil its goals and achieve its destiny," PM Modi said in a scathing attack at the former governments under Congress-led UPA.
Introduced by Home Minister Amit Shah, the bill to abrogate the provisions of Article 370 giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir was passed by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, earlier this month. Along with the scrapping of Article 370, J&K Reorganisation Bill was passed which divided the state of Jammu and Kashmir into Union Territories - J&K and Ladakh. While the move was welcomed by a large section of society, including Kashmiri Pandits and several foreign leaders, Congress and Pakistan have raised objections against it. PM Modi has time and again reiterated that the abrogation of Article 370 will help in the development of people of J&K and Ladakh.
The Prime Minister arrived in France on Thursday night as a part of his three-nation tour. Upon arrival, he held a bilateral meeting with France President Emmanuel Macron. On Friday he addressed the Indian community at UNESCO amid loud cheers and support. He was received by the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian at the airport. After France, PM Modi will be visiting UAE and Bahrain on Friday.