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Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced on Tuesday that a committee that was set up to examine quota benefits has recommended reservations for Gujjar, Bakarwal and Pahari communities. Amit Shah also said that the Central government would implement reservations for Gujjar, Bakarwal and Pahari communities in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

Cheers and slogans echoed as Home Minister Amit Shah promised reservation for the Gujjar, Bakarwal and Pahari communities in J&K.

"After the abrogation of 370A, the process for reservation has been cleared. Justice Sharma's commission has sent the report and recommended reservation for Gujjar, Bakarwal and Pahari communities and it will be given soon," Amit Shah said.

Amit Shah also asserted that the reservation is only possible after the abrogation of Article 370. The Union minister said, "Would it have been possible to get tribal reservation if Articles 370 and 35A were not removed? With their removal now, minorities, Dalits, tribals and Paharis will get their rights."

Attacking the Opposition, Amit Shah said three families removed the meaning of democracy for generations.

"For 70 years, Jammu and Kashmir was ruled by three families, democracy was built only within their families. Did all of you ever get the right of Gram Panchayat, Tehsil Panchayat, and Zilla Panchayat? Three families had removed the meaning of democracy, Jamhooriyat only to rule for generations," Amit Shah said.

He also stressed that it was under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership that the valley saw its first panchayat elections.

"The government changed in the country, Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in 2014, then Modi ji first conducted Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, only three families had the rule, today all have come under the rule of Jammu and Kashmir," the Union minister added.

Highlighting the change the Valley has undergone in recent time, Amit Shah said, “Earlier, news of stone pelting used to come from Jammu and Kashmir. Today there is no news of stone pelting. Modi ji has worked to empower the youth of Jammu and Kashmir," adding, “Today's rally and your 'Modi-Modi' chants are answers to those who said if 370A is abrogated, there will be a blood bath."

He also sought blessings for a happy and peaceful Kashmir and said, "Today is the last day of Navratri, after having darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi ji, I have come here seeking the blessings of a happy Kashmir."

The Home Minister will further launch development projects and also lay foundation stones for various projects at Convention Centre in Jammu.

(With agency inputs)

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