Abrogation of Art 370 need of the hour: Venkaiah
   Date :12-Aug-2019

Union Home Minister Amit Shah releases the book “Listening, Learning and Leading”, a chronicle of the Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s two years in office at a function in Chennai on Sunday. Also seen are Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. (PTI)  
 
 
CHENNAI:
 
VICE President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday backed the scrapping of Special Status under Article 370 to Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was in the interest of the nation and should not be treated as a political issue. It was the need of the hour and people of the country should stand with their counterparts in J&K, he said here at the release of a book on his two-year term in office titled “Listening, Learning & Leading”, by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
 
Naidu said Shah was being appreciated for the passage of the Bill. “Now that the Bill is passed, I can speak...That (abrogation) is the need of the hour. Its a good thing,” Naidu, who is also the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, said. Naidu said the abrogation “is in the interest of the nation, for its future, for its security, for its safety. I can say that as a Vice President with considerable experience in public life and now that the Parliament has voted it also.”
 
“We should all think in terms of national interest rather than party interest. Article 370 should not be treated as a political issue but as a national issue that Kashmir is an integral part of India,” he said. Whatever problems are faced by the people of Kashmir, we have to stand by them and “assuage their feelings and see to it that steps are taken to restore normalcy” and that the development agenda is implemented at the earliest, Naidu said. Referring to a newspaper report, he said Parliament had earlier discussed the scrapping of Art 370 in 1964, with three members from Kashmir calling for its removal saying the State did not benefit from it.
 
Those who spoke on the Bill included the veteran socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia, he said citing the report. “So, irrespective of the parties, everybody supported the resolution at that time. Still it could not happen which is a different thing. Always you must remember history,” he added. The V-P cited it to counter criticism that the abrogation happened suddenly. Naidu said he was gripped by “tension” when the Bill came up for discussion on August 5 in the Rajya Sabha since he had to manage the affairs of the House. Art 370 removal will lead to end of terrorism in Valley: Shah: UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday asserted that removal of Special Status to J&Kunder Article 370 of the Constitution will put an end to terrorism and lead to progress of the region.