Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the Jan Jagran Sabha on Abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu & Kashmir, here today said that that Article 370 and Article 35A were obstacle in the development of Jammu and Kashmir and its abrogation would ensure a safe and peaceful environment for all residents of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh Union Territories besides speedy development there.Jai Ram Thakur said that after the India attained freedom, the then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru entrusted the duty to merge 561 princely states out of total 562 princely States to the Union Home Minister Sardar Patel and said that he would himself handle Jammu-Kashmir State. He said that it was unfortunate that all the 561 States became integral part of India and Jammu-Kashmir was kept as a separate State by granting the Article 370. He said that it was after about 70 long years that Article 370 had been scrapped from Jammu- Kashmir, which gave special status to this State, which has ensured One Nation One Constitution in whole country. Jai Ram Thakur said that Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee who founded the Jan Sangh on 21 October 1951 in collaboration with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was in favour of having one Constitution, one flag and one Prime Minister for India. He was a true nationalist who not only wanted India to be free of colonial mindset but also did not support the Article 370 for Jammu-Kashmir. He said that Dr. Mukerjee believed that Article 370 would become a threat to the unity of India. He expressed happiness that with this historic decision the dream of Dr. Mukherjee was visualisedThe Chief Minister said that the Article 370 was the root cause of the spread of terrorism and anti national activities in the Valley. He said that Article 35A empowered the Jammu-Kashmir Government of special rights thereby discriminating the people of the country of the right to settle there and even deprived the Kashmiri girls when they marry a non Kashmiri.
He said that this Article helped two political families to rule Jammu-Kashmir at their will. He said that today even the Congress Party stands divided on the Article 370 as they also feel that it was a biggest impediment in the path of development of the State. He said that this would open a new era of peace, progress and prosperity in the Jammu-Kashmir area and now it would be developed leaps and bounds under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Chief Minister said that the biggest hurdle in the way of progress and development of Jammu and Kashmir was Article 370. He said that now the Jammu and Kashmir will progress and prosper along-with the nation. He said that now the people of Jammu and Kashmir would be governed by the laws of the country. He said that this decision would also go a long way in ensuring the national safety and national integration. He said that this step was in the right direction and cleared the Union Government’s intention of dealing with the Jammu-Kashmir issue. Now time has come that the PoK also becomes the integral part of India under the strong and vibrant leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added.Earlier, the Chief Minister took round of the exhibition of life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi put up by the State BJP on the occasion of ‘Seva Saptaah’ celebrations to mark the birthday of the Prime Minister and evinced keen interest in it.Speaking on the occasion, Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that this year would be written in golden letters in the annals of the Indian history as it was during this year that a historic decision of abrogation of Article 370 was taken by the Union Government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He said that Article 370 was blunder committed by former Prime Minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, which was corrected by the present Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that Sardar Patel was totally against imposing Article 370 in Jammu-Kashmir as he had framed a uniform ‘Merger Letter’ for all the princely states of the country. He said that the blunder committed by the Congress deprived the people of Jammu and Kashmir of their legitimate rights.Member of Parliament Suresh Kashyap said that the scrapping of the Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir was a historic and bold step of Central Government in itself. He said that with this decision the dream of Late Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee has been realised and India has become one from Jammu-Kashmir to Kanyakumari. He said that now the people of Jammu-Kashmir would be able to derive benefits of several schemes launched by the Union Government. He said that he was fortunate to be the witness of this historic decision as member of the Lok Sabha.Former Member of Parliament and Organizer of the Rashtriya Ekta Abhiyan Virender Kashyap while welcoming the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion said that the main objective of organising this event was to sensitise the people regarding this historic decision of abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A from Jammu and Kashmir, thereby correcting the historic blunder. He said that even Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar was against the Article 370 as he felt that this would discriminate the people of Jammu and Kashmir from the rest of the people of the country. He said that this decision was for the benefit of the common man of the Jammu- Kashmir.Former Member of Parliament Bimla Kashyap Sood, General Secretary State BJP Chandermohan Thakur, Mayor Kusum Sadret, Chairperson Saksham Gudiya Board Rupa Sharma, General Secretary Child Welfare Council Payal Vaidya, Chairman HIMFED Ganesh Dutt, and Political Advisor to the Chief Minister Trilok Jamwal were present on the occasion among others.