Amit Shah expresses confidence that Kashmir will see development

Chennai: “Abrogation of Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir will end terrorism in the State,” said Union Home Minister Amit Shah here today.

Speaking after releasing a book, a compilation of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s two years in office, he said he firmly believed that Kashmir would be on the path of development after removal of Article 370.

Profusely thanking Venkaiah Naidu for the passage of Bill in the Rajya Sabha on the Kashmir issue, Amit Shah said, “I was worried as to what would happen in Rajya Sabha. It is because of Venkaiah that all supported this (abrogation of Article 370).”

“Venkaiah struggled to abrogate Article 370 and when the same was done, he was the Vice Chairman of Rajya Sabha,” he added.

“After scrapping Article 370, terrorism in Kashmir will end and it will lead to progress and development,” Amit Shah stated.

Need SC bench in Chennai: VP
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, said, “A bench of Supreme Court should be opened in Chennai. Efforts should be taken to end elected representatives switching to other parties within a year.”

“I have retired from politics, but not from public life. We have won the support of several nations for removing Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said and added, “I wrote on walls, when A B Vajpayee visited Andhra Pradesh. Later, I had the fortune of sitting next to him as president of the BJP. I accepted Vice President’s post with a heavy heart. I never joined the BJP for party or position. My dream is to see a casteless and an egalitarian country.”

Stating that a bench of Supreme Court should be opened in Chennai, the Vice President said, “There should be transparency in the appointment of Judges. Their numbers should be increased. Even their retirement age can be increased. Ways and means should be arrived to ensure speedy disposal of justice.”

Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan, ISRO former director K Kasturirangan, Tughlak editor S Gurumurthy, Apollo Hospital Group chairman Dr Pratap C Reddy VIT founder-Chancellor G Viswanathan, Indian Badminton Team chief national coach Pullela Gopichand attended the event.

Several dignitaries, including MPs, MLAs and government officials took part. News Today, Maalai Sudar & Talk Media managing director and group editor T R Jawahar also attended the book launch function.

The book titled Listening, Learning and Leading captures a few glimpses of the Vice President’s 330 public engagements in all the States and Union Territories of the country during the last two years. Criss-crossing the length and breadth of the country, Venkaiah Naidu has delivered 61 convocation addresses, interacted with students on 35 occasions, visited 97 scientific and technological research institutions and delivered 25 special lectures.

The book contain Venkaiah Naidu’s important diplomatic engagements, including his visits to 19 countries in four continents.

NT Bureau