New Delhi | Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has responded to the Centre revoking Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and called it “historical wrong”.
In a series of tweets, he said, “The government’s decision in relation to Article 370 is a monumental decision towards National integration”.
Jaitley said this move will promote more investment, more industry, more private educational institutions, more jobs and more revenue.
He also hit out at the Opposition and wrote, “While the Article 370 and Article 35A decision benefits the residents of J&K the most, the Kashmir regional leaders feel that they will not be able to whip up the fake issue of ‘sentiment vs. benefit’ to the people”.
Speaking about Article 370 and Article 35A which was imposed on Kashmir, he wrote,” J&K integration with India took place in October 1947. Article 370 came into force in 1952, Article 35A came in 1954, four and seven years later respectively. How can Articles 370 and 35A be a condition precedent to merger?”.
Calling the impositions temporary, he claimed that “it had to go”.
“Separate status led to separatism. No dynamic nation can allow this situation to continue”, he further wrote.
“A historical wrong has been undone today. Article 35A came through the back door without following the procedure under Article 368 of the Constitution of India. It had to go”, Arun Jaitley added.
He concluded by congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for “correcting a historic blunder”.
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