India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing an election rally in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon on Sunday (Oct 13), dared the country’s opposition to restore Article 370 in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. On August 5, Modi led BJP Government revoked Article 370 and 35 A of Indian constitution, which granted the special status to Kashmir.
“Can these leaders, who’re trying to fool the people with their crocodile tears, bring back Article 370 in Kashmir? Will the people of India allow them to? Will the people of India accept it? I challenge opposition to declare in their manifesto they will bring back Article 370,” Modi was quoted as saying by Indian media.
He accused the Congress of politicising the government’s decision on occupied Kashmir to “reap benefits” in the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections. “Congress and Nationalist Con
gress Party (NCP) think completely opposite to what the country thinks. They speak the language of a neighbouring country and hesitate to stand by the country,” Modi alleged, without naming the ‘neighbouring country’.
In occupied Kashmir, the situation remains unchanged in the Kashmir Valley and Muslims majority areas of Jammu region where military lockdown and communications blackout entered 71st day, today. Although the occupation authorities have announced to restore some landline and postpaid phones, yet people are finding it hard to come to terms with the ongoing state of affairs due to restrictions and clampdown.
Main markets are shut and public transport is off the roads. Barring a few officials, no one is turning up to offices and educational institutions. Some shops do open for few hours during morning and evening and also roadside vendors are seen on various places doing businesses, but they fail to cater to the needs of general public. People are keeping their shops closed throughout the day and are not attending offices as an act of resistance against the Indian occupation and its Aug 5 unilateral action.
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13 November, 2019