In a big statement on Article 370, Union Home Minister Amit Shah while speaking in an event at All India Management Association in New Delhi said that the decision to abrogate Article 370 was taken at 5 on the morning of August 5. Applauding the courage of Prime Minister Modi led BJP government, the Home Minister said that all in his party wanted the abrogation of the discriminatory provision but was unsure of the route to be taken for the same. He said that on August 5, PM Modi took the brave decision to end the discriminatory provision when they met before the Parliamentary session in the cabinet meeting. Shah also claimed that no bullet was fired after the special status of Kashmir was taken away and the transition happened normally.
"When it comes to 370 and 35 A, my party members and all others agreed that we used to talk on it but how would scrap it? And many others thought that it should be scrapped but they seemed helpless. On August 5, when the parliament session was held and the Prime Minister took a decision that the country wants to get rid of 370 and 35a. And we want to fulfill this dream of the unbroken India. And today, we are getting rid of this too. I want to tell you one thing, from August 5 to September 17, not a single bullet was fired in Kashmir. And no single person was killed. Kashmir is absolutely peaceful," Amit Shah said.
Speaking in Silvassa, the Home Minister had said: "No one had the courage to remove Article 370. You people chose Modi Ji and in the first few days of his second term, he removed Article 370. Except for Modi Ji, no one can take such a daring decision. People have ruled the nation for 3 generations but could not remove it. Congress opposed UAPA, 370. I have no hesitation that Rahul Gandhi's statement is lauded by Pakistan and used by Pakistan in their UN petition. They should be ashamed," Home Minister Amit Shah said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a meeting on Monday reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir. This meeting was called amid the reports that mentioned around 230 terrorists were waiting at terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to enter the country, officials said. In the two-hour-long meeting, Amit Shah was given a detailed presentation on the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly along the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC). He was also briefed about the steps that will be taken to maintain peace along with border areas as well as in the Valley, a security official said.
In a massive development, the Government of India on August 5 abrogated Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gave special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Additionally, it also bifurcated the state into two union territories - Jammu-Kashmir and Ladhak. Following the abrogation, curfew was imposed along with communication blackout claiming to prevent any untoward incident. Mainstream political leaders like Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti were put into preventive detention in order to prevent any situation that would incite violence, the government said. Almost after 40 days of the abrogation, the central government is sketching a road map for the region's development. The leaders are still in detention, along with Farooq Abdullah put into house arrest on Sunday night under Public Safety Act. Restrictions have been removed as per the J&K government and normalcy is returning.