Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday reiterated that the statehood for Jammu and Kashmir will be restored when the time is right and normalcy is restored. Shah was responding while speaking on the discussion in Lok Sabha on revoking Article 370, which provides for special status for Jammu and Kashmir and accompanying legislations for it.
“There were concerns that were raised by some members how long the union territory status will last for. Questions were raised about it and I would like to assure the House that when things normalize, we have no problem granting full statehood to Jammu and Kashmri," Shah told lawmakers in Lok Sabha.
During the debate in Rajya Sabha too on Monday, Shah had said that full statehood will be restored to Jammu and Kashmir at an "appropriate time" and after 'normalcy' returns. “Article 370 does not join India to Kashmir but hinders it and if this House allows then this hindrance will forever be removed," he added.
The Lok Sabha had over seven hours of discussion on the revocation of Article 370 on Tuesday at the end of which it will consider two more related bills for passage - The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019.