Lok Sabha on Saturday passed Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 with Home Minister Amit Shah telling the House that this Bill is not for giving statehood to Jammu and Kashmir and that would be done at an ‘appropriate time’.
Addressing the Lok Sabha, the Union Home Minister said, ‘We were asked what we had done in last 17 months in terms of promises we made while abrogating Article 370. Taking a dig at the Congress, he said are you not going to tell the house what you did for Jammu and Kashmir in last 70 years.
Shah asked the political parties not to politicise Jammu and Kashmir in Parliament.
‘I am piloting the Bill. Nowhere it is written that Jammu and Kashmir won’t get statehood,’ the Home Minister said. He drew attention to the recently held Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir and said the polls were peaceful and 51 per cent voters had cast their votes. Powers have been delegated to the panchayats and even the regulation of mining is now in their jurisdiction.