BuzzBytes New Delhi, December 6: Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed confidence that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will secure victory in the 2024 general elections. During the Lok Sabha debate on the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, Shah articulated his hope for the eradication of terrorism from Jammu and Kashmir by 2026.
Shah emphasized the government’s commitment to dismantling the ecosystem fostering terrorism in the region. He attributed the reduction in terrorism to the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019, asserting that separatism has ceased in the Union Territory.
“I believe the Modi government will return to power in 2024, and I hope there will be no terror incident in Jammu and Kashmir in 2026,” Shah stated. He outlined a plan in progress for zero terror incidents in the region, with an anticipated successful outcome by 2026.
Blaming previous administrations for prolonged terrorism, Shah contended that had the issue been addressed earlier without succumbing to vote-bank politics, Kashmiri Pandits might not have been forced to leave the valley. Shah highlighted the toll of terrorism, with 45,000 lives lost in Jammu and Kashmir.
Providing statistics on the reduction of terror-related incidents, Shah noted that in 2023, there were no stone-pelting incidents or calls for ‘hartal.’ He affirmed the government’s consistent monitoring of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Shah concluded by underscoring the significance of the legislative changes, such as the delimitation exercise, which will result in increased assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir, providing representation to displaced persons and the Kashmiri migrant community.
Under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, nominations to the legislative assembly will include two members from the Kashmiri migrant community and one representative of displaced persons from Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK). Additionally, 24 seats will be allocated for residents of PoJK.