Article 370 in J&K gave rise to terrorism: Tripura CM

Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir gave rise to extremism and terrorism in the country, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has said, insisting that the abrogation of its provisions is the "boldest decision" taken by any government after Independence. The BJP government, with this "historic" move, has fulfilled the "long-cherished dream of Syama Prasad Mookerji", Deb said on Tuesday night outside party headquarters here. Mookerji is the founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the predecessor of the BJP.

"If Kashmir can enjoy special status, why can't others enjoy the same? With the scrapping of the provisions of Article 370, a new chapter in history has begun," Deb said. Congratulating Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the passage of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill in Parliament, Deb, who is also the state unit president of the BJP, observed that "rules cannot be different for people living in the same country. Article 370 in Kashmir had given rise to extremism and terrorism in the country. Its abrogation is the boldest decision taken by any government after Independence," he said.

Lambasting the Congress, the chief minister claimed that Jammu and Kashmir were accorded the special provisions to serve the interests of those close to the Nehru family.  Shah had on Monday said that the rule of three families in J&K during their 70 years since independence did not allow democracy to percolate, and bred corruption. Taking advantage of the special provisions, several corrupt people escaped investigations, the CM said.

"Many corruption cases could not be investigated as people there had no right to information. With the scrapping of the special provisions, the long-cherished dream of Syama Prasad Mookerji - 'Ek Desh, Ek Vidhan, Ek Pradhan aur Ek Nishan' - has come true," he added. The BJP-led government's bold move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the border state into two Union territories secured Parliament's approval on Tuesday with the Lok Sabha passing the new measures with an over two-thirds majority. The Rajya Sabha had given its approval to the resolution the day before.

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