'J&K statehood to return once situation normalised'

Deccan Herald
Shemin Joy,

Claiming that Article 370 protected the Kashmiri culture and identity was a "wrong one", Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that Jammu and Kashmir would not remain a Union Territory forever and statehood would be restored once situation is normalised.

Interacting with IPS probationers of 2018 batch here on Monday, he also said that the misuse of Article 370 was the root cause of cross-border terrorism.

"Jammu and Kashmir will not remain a Union Territory forever and that the statehood would be restored once situation is normalised. The notion that only the Article 370 protected the Kashmiri culture and identity was a wrong one.

All regional identities are inherently protected by the Constitution. The misuse of Article 370 the root cause of cross border terrorism," he said.

He said "some bold decisions", including the one on Jammu and Kashmir, were necessary to be made for people's benefit, "without getting bogged down by the fear of a backlash".

On the need for a National Register of Citizens (NRC), he said that it was essential not just for national security but for good governance as well.

"The NRC must not be seen as a political exercise but a Constitutional one, as it is very important to have a national register in order to ensure that benefits of development reach all our citizens," he said.

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