New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said that the Independence Day celebrations this year has different importance as India’s one of the integral part, Kashmir has been opened up for developmental avenues along with other states of the country.
Naik said that repealing of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir has been one of the most important event in the tenure of Modi-led government, which has made the celebrations of Independence Day of 2019 “more important.”
“The Independence Day of this year is more important as we have managed to cure the long pending wound that we had in the form of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. We can say that the people of Kashmir can now celebrate the Independence Day in the real sense,” he told PTI over phone from Delhi.
Naik said that Jammu and Kashmir was always integral part of India but due to wrong policies of the governments in the past, it had remained away from the developmental avenues that the country has been witnessing.
“It was a demand of entire India that Article 370 should be repealed from Jammu and Kashmir. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to concede to the demand and he fulfilled it,” he said.
The Union minister said that those who were fostering terrorism in that region will have to now “shut down their shops” after the central government’s decision.
“Jammu and Kashmir will now prosper along with other states of the country. It will no more remain a backward state,” he said.