Prime News, National, New Delhi, August 6:- Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday asserted in Lok Sabha that Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Aksai Chin is part of Jammu and Kashmir and that Kashmir Valley is an integral part of the country.
Moving a resolution for abrogating some provisions of Article 370 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, Shah said there has been a long-standing demand for giving Union Territory status to Ladakh which was fulfilled by the Narendra Modi government.
“Kashmir is an integral part of India, there is no doubt over it. When I talk about Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Aksai Chin are included in it,” he said.
The debate in the House saw a terse exchange of words between Amit Shah and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the leader of Congress in Lok Sabha. Replying to Chowdhury seeking clarification on the Centre’s move, the Home Minister said the Indian Parliament has the right to make laws on Jammu & Kashmir. When opposition leaders said he was getting “worked up,” Amit Shah hit back saying that he was “ready to die for Kashmir.” The Congress, opposing the bills, has issued a three-line whip to its Lok Sabha MPs to be present in the House on Tuesday.
The Home Minister also said the UT of Jammu and Kashmir will have an Assembly with a chief minister and MLAs. The government on Monday revoked some provisions of the Article 370 to take away Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, and proposed bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, a bold and far-reaching decision that seeks to redraw the map and future of a region at the centre of a protracted militancy movement.
The Centre’s resolution to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and bill bifurcate the state into two union territories- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh—were passed in Rajya Sabha on Monday.
Fulfilling an electoral promise of the Bharatiya Janata Party less than 90 days after the Modi 2.0 government took power, Shah had announced the decision in the Rajya Sabha, which approved both the resolution and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)