Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution only gave separatism and terrorism to Jammu and Kashmir and with its abrogation the state will lead to the path of progress.
He said for decades the presence of this article only erected an artificial wall of schism between the people of the country.
While addressing on the occasion of the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, at Kevadiya on Thursday, PM Modi said Article 370 contributed to nothing but separatist attitude and terrorism
“In the entire country, Jammu and Kashmir was the only place where this Article 370 existed” he said.
The Prime Minister said, “Those who cannot win wars against us, they are challenging our unity but they forget, despite yearning for ages, none has been able to vanquish the spirit of unity within us.”
“With the blessings of Sardar Patel, the country has taken a major decision a few weeks ago to defeat such separatist forces, that is to abrogate the Article 370,” he added.
Modi said that he has dedicated the decision of abrogation of Article 3790 to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary.
“I am happy that this decision of ours, would now lead Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh towards a bright future and on the path of progress,” Modi said.
Referring to the recent Block Development Council elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister said, “the voter turn around was more than 98%. The voters who are Panchs and Sarpanchs have turned out in large numbers to cast their ballot and that this gives a huge message.”
“Now the era of political stability would begin in Jammu and Kashmir. The game of forming governments for individual selfish reasons would end and that the feeling of discrimination on regional lines would also diminish,” Modi added.
Referring to the progress being made in the North – East, the Prime Minister said, “Today the separatist tendencies in the North East are moving towards assimilation and progress. Decades old problems are now finding solutions. Entire North –East is today finding itself free of decades old violence and blockades.”
Referring to the ideals of Sardar Patel, the Prime Minister said, “Unity of Purpose, Unity of Endeavour and Unity of Aims are essential for the stability of country and that this was the ideology of Sardar Patel, that we have an egalitarian attitude in our objectives, purpose and targets.”
Prime Minister said that when we go ahead on this path of National Unity only then we can achieve the goal of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.”