J&K leaders could be freed within 18 months: MoS Jitendra Singh

New Delhi | Union Minister of State in the PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh has said that politicians detained in Jammu and Kashmir after the scrapping of special status will be released in less than 18 months.

Speaking at an event in Katra on Sunday, MoS Jitendra Singh said that he always says “less than 18 months”, whenever the media asks him about it.

Singh’s statement is the first one by a senior functionary in the Union government about the maximum time for which mainstream political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir may remain under detention.

He reiterated his party’s stand on the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir, and said,”As the situation normalises, statehood will be restored to Jammu and Kashmir”.

Singh said it will not take 72 years, in an apparent reference to the continuation of Article 370 for seven decades.

The struggle launched by Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee for one flag, one Constitution and one Prime Minister finally came true with the abrogation of special status, he said.

He added that there is no scope of separatism and terrorism under PM Narendra Modi’s regime.

With the abrogation of special status, a new era of development will begin in the state and people of all sections of society will benefit, he added.

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