No intention to remove Article 371: Amit Shah

Amit Shah
Wed, Aug 7, 2019

SE Report
A day after he proposed to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which gave special status to Jammu & Kashmir, Union Home minister Amit Shah today stated that the Centre government has no intention of repealing Article 371 relating to special provisions for some States in the Northeast including Sikkim.
“Modi government has no intention to remove Article 371 which gives certain special rights to some Northeast states,” said Shah explaining the difference between Articles 370 and 371. “Article 370 was originally a temporary provision and because of article 370, the laws of Union of India did not apply to J&K, corruption and terrorism flourished there. Article 371 relates to special provisions to special clauses favouring development to backward regions in some States. Why would the government repeal article 371 and why is the opposition equating Articles 370 and 371,” said Shah in his reply to the debate on abrogation of Article 370 in Lok Sabha. Further, Shah also classified that Naga Accord and Article 370 have no relation and mistakes committed in the past would not be repeated by this government.
Echoing similar views, Sikkim BJP president D.B. Chauhan expressed concern on confusion being created among the people of Sikkim about the Kashmir issue. “There can be no comparison between Article 370 and 35A applicable to Jammu and Kashmir with the one of 371F for Sikkim. While Article 370 was completely temporary, it was not in the national interest, and the security enjoyed by some States in the northeast, including Sikkim under Article 371, is completely legal and in the interest of the country. The provision of Article 371F protects Sikkimese interest as well as strengthening the democratic system of the country. Bharatiya Janata Party will abstain from any unconstitutional and illegal act and will continue to maintain the theme of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikash and Sabka Viswas in the national interest,” said Chauhan in a statement.

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