Over 40,000 killed due to Article 370, says Amit Shah

Amit Shah
Union home minister Amit Shah

NEW DELHI — Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted on Sunday that the revocation of Article 370 in Kashmir by the PM Modi-led government was imperative, citing that over 40,000 people lost their lives and terrorism, as well as separatism, thrived in the region under its shadow.

Speaking at the BJP National Convention in New Delhi, Shah emphasized the consequences of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, stating that it provided a breeding ground for terrorism and separatism while hindering development.

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He highlighted the long-standing promise of its eventual repeal, noting the failure of previous administrations to act due to what he termed as “appeasement politics.”

“Due to Article 370, terrorism and separatism increased in Kashmir, Pakistan got a chance to enter Kashmir, and over 40,000 people lost their lives,” Shah declared during his address to thousands of BJP delegates and leaders gathered for the two-day convention, held in preparation for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Shah underscored the significance of the Modi government’s decision to nullify Article 370 on August 5, 2019, asserting that it was a historic step toward restoring peace and fostering development in the region. He credited the mandate given by the people of India for the government’s ability to effect this change.

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“The people of the country gave a majority to the PM Modi-led government for the second time, and on August 5, 2019, PM Modi struck down Article 370 once and for all,” Shah affirmed, emphasizing the transformative impact of the decision on the development trajectory of Kashmir.

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