Srinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday reiterated that the election would be held in the Union Territory after delimitation, and restoration of statehood would follow.
He made this reiteration while seeking the support of the youth of Kashmir in realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "vision of a peaceful and developed" J&K.
“The government will not allow anyone to create hurdles in the path of peace and development in Kashmir,” Shah, who is on his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir since Article 370 was revoked in August 2019, said during an interaction with the members of youth clubs of the Union Territory.
“I have come here to forge a friendship with the youth of Kashmir. Join hands with Modiji and the Government of India and become partners in the journey to take Kashmir forward,” he said.
The Union Home Minister said the youths of Kashmir should take advantage of the various opportunities being created by the administration for their progress.
“God has made Kashmir as heaven with its natural beauty, but Modi ji wants to see peace, prosperity and development here as well. For that, I have come here to seek support from the youth of Kashmir. The administration has lent a hand of friendship, youth clubs have been created, you have been given a platform, an opportunity, so come forward and take this opportunity. Make democracy stronger here, let the youths respond to the elements who try to make people go astray,” he said.
Shah asserted the government's commitment to bring peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Rest assured, the developmental journey in Kashmir will not stop and no one will stop J&K from becoming an ideal state with respect to development, peace, infrastructure and prosperity,” he added.
Shah said he had made a promise in Parliament that the statehood of J&K would be restored and it would be done after the assembly elections.
“Elections will happen. (Politicians from Kashmir want that the) delimitation be stopped. Why? Because it hurts their politics. Now, such things will not stop in Kashmir. The youth of Kashmir will get opportunities, so a right delimitation will be done, which will be followed by elections and then the status of the statehood will be restored. I have said this in the country's Parliament and this is the roadmap,” he said.
Shah said he felt pleased after his interaction with the members of the youth clubs as the youth of Kashmir had now "set out on the right path and become a shareholder in the journey of development.”
“I wish you all the very best. Keep moving forward and take benefit from this opportunity of youth clubs and support the administration,” he said.