India reckons IOK no longer is disputed

By Monitoring Desk
Friday – November 1, 2019
NEW DELHI (India): Indian home minister Amit Shah, on Thursday, said, “The merger of Jammu and Kashmir (the Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK)) with India was the unresolved question of Indian unification because of Articles 370 and 35A” adding “It was under the leadership of prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi that the task of merging Jammu and Kashmir with India was completed by the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A.”

According to Indian official statements, Shah continued, “Modi called this merger the unfinished dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (the first deputy PM of independent India) and added that Article 370 was the gateway of terrorism (freedom movement) in India.”

Girish Chandra Murmu took oath as the first lieutenant governor of the union territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday, Radha Krishna Mathur took oath as the first lieutenant governor of the UT of Ladakh.

Indian PM Modi, on Thursday, lied that the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution only gave separatism and terrorism (freedom movement) to Jammu and Kashmir.

He deceived that for decades the presence of this article only erected an artificial wall of schism between the people of the country.

He slandered that Article 370 contributed to nothing but separatist attitude and terrorism (freedom movement) and that our brothers and sisters who were on the other side of this artificial wall were confused.

Modi said that this wall had now been demolished.

“In the entire country, Jammu and Kashmir was the only place where this Article 370 existed,” he mentioned.

Modi deceived, “In the last three decades more than 40,000 people lost lives due to terrorist (freedom movement) activities, several mothers lost their children, sisters lost their brothers and kids their parents”.

Indian PM said, “Once Sardar Patel commented that if the issue of Jammu and Kashmir were left to me, it would not have taken this long to resolve it.”

He said, “I dedicate the decision of abrogation of Article 370 to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary.”

Modi was addressing on the occasion of the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Vallabhbhai Patel, at Kevadiya.

The Indian environment, forest and climate change minister Prakash Javadekar, on Thursday, said, “Recently, a historic decision was taken by both the Lok Sabha (the Indian lower house of parliament) and the Rajya Sabha (the Indian upper house of parliament) with the abrogation of Article 370.”

Javadekar continued, “Pleased to announce that both Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have come into being as UTs from today, which is a start to a new chapter”.

As per the incumbent Indian constitution, after having abrogated Article 370, the long occupied State of Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) stands divided into two UTs namely Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The UT of Jammu and Kashmir comprises Baramulla, Srinagar, Anantnag, Udhampur and Jammu constituencies whereas the UT of Ladakh comprises one constituency of the same name.

Earlier, as introduced in the Indian upper house (Rajya Sabha), Bill No. XXIX of 2019, The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, clearly in clause 14.(4), mentioned, “Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (3), until the area of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir under the occupation of Pakistan ceases to be so occupied and the people residing in that area elect their representatives (a) 24 seats in the Legislative Assembly of UT of Jammu and Kashmir shall remain vacant and shall not be taken into account for reckoning the total membership of the Assembly.”

It continued, “And (b) the said area and seats shall be excluded in delimiting the territorial constituencies as provided under part V of this Act.”